The Harsco Metals plant in Natrona is the sixth-most toxic air polluter in Allegheny County. There are at least 33,600 residents within three miles of this scrap metal and slag reprocessing facility.
In March 2017, the Allegheny County Health Department issued Harsco Metals a $33,350 civil penalty because it had been polluting the air with slag dust, a byproduct from the metal refining process, which then settled on nearby cars and playgrounds. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that as of November 2017, more than eight months after the penalty was issued, the company still had not paid it.
In October 2017, the Group Against Smog and Pollution took legal action against Harsco Metals for operating without proper permitting. As a result, Harsco has submitted an application for the proper permit, which as of January 2018 was being reviewed by the Health Department.
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