Environmentalists sue Shenango despite progress

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NEVILLE ISLAND, Pa. (AP) – A Pittsburgh-area environmental group has sued Shenango Inc. over emissions from a nearby coke plant despite county health department officials saying the plant on Neville Island is making progress on anti-pollution efforts.

The federal lawsuit filed Friday by the Group Against Smog and Pollution says the plant has violated limits from its coke oven combustion stacks on 264 days since 2012, among other violations.

The company says efforts to fix those problems are ahead of schedule.

The lawsuit comes a month after the company agreed to spend just over $1 million on pollution control upgrades, and two days after Allegheny County health department officials reported the plant had no emission violations for the last two weeks.

In 2012, the company agreed to pay $1.75 million in a federal settlement over persistent air and water pollution violations.

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