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Hearing, "Improving Air Quality" in Clairton, PA

Event-Date: 
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Come to demonstrate your interest and to show support for the people of the Mon Valley.

NOTE: There will be no opportunity for public comment.


The following details are provided by the Pennsylvania State Democratic Policy Committee

In the wake of the Clairton Coke Works fire, the state Senate and House Democratic Policy committees will hold a joint public hearing on ways to improve air quality, community notification procedures and emergency response.

The hearing is being held in Clairton at the request of state Senator Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) and Representative Austin Davis (D-Allegheny). It was prompted by a December 24 fire at the Clairton Coke Works that resulted in emissions of high levels of sulfur dioxide and damage to the facility’s gas processing system.

The hearing follows a January 22 public meeting in Clairton. Brewster, Davis and Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Bill Kortz (D-Allegheny) and Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) were also updated on January 25 by officials from the Allegheny County Health Department.

Expected testifiers include:

  • Panel from U.S. Steel Corporation:
    • Chris Masciantonio, Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy
    • Mike Rhoades, Plant Manager, Clairton Coke Works
    • Tishie Woodwell, General Manager, Environmental Affairs
    • Kurt Barshick, General Manager, Mon Valley Works
    • Panel from Allegheny County Health Department:
      • Dr. Karen Hacker, Director
      • Jim Kelly, Deputy Director for Environmental Health
      • Michael Parker, Solicitor
      • Dr. LuAnn Brink, Chief Epidemiologist
      • Panel from area unions:
        • Don Furko, President, United Steel Workers Local 1557
        • Jeff Nobers, Executive Director, Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania
      • Panel of health and environmental advocates:
        • Dr. Deborah Gentile, Physician, Pediatric Alliance
        • Rachel Filippini, Executive Director, Group Against Smog & Pollution
        • Matt Mehalik, Executive Director, Breathe Project

      The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is welcome.


      Event-Place: 
      Clairton Municipal Bldg.
      551 Ravensburg Blvd.
      Clairton, PA 15025
      United States