Multimillion-dollar settlement between U.S. Steel, Clairton residents approved

CLAIRTON, Pa. — A multimillion-dollar settlement over U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works was approved by a judge Monday.

Clairton residents have complained for years about air quality issues near the plant.

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During a fairness hearing Monday morning, a judge approved having U.S. Steel pay out a $2 million settlement to residents and complete $6.5 million in upgrades to the Clairton Coke Works.

U.S. Steel released the following statement:

“U. S. Steel thanks the Court for approving this settlement that allows the parties to move forward. Environmental stewardship and safety remain core values at U. S. Steel, and we are committed to investing in our operations and processes to continue to improve air quality at both Clairton and throughout the Mon Valley.”

In December, the tentative settlement was reached following a 2017 class action lawsuit claiming U.S. Steel’s negligence, odors and pollution from the Clairton Coke Works interfered with residents’ quality of life.