PennFuture Statement: U.S. Steel again fails to be good neighbor

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (June 18, 2019) - The following statement has been released by PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo, in regards to Monday’s fire and other ongoing issues at the Clairton Coke Works:

“Once again U.S. Steel has breached its promise to be a good neighbor to the Clairton community. In just over two months since addressing damages from the Christmas Eve fire,  Clairton Coke Works is in a state of disrepair and again spewing toxic pollutants into the air of western Pennsylvania. How any elected official, union official or local community can place its confidence in this corporation to do its business safely, and in a manner that protects public health and the environment, is a mystery. This proves, yet again, that U.S. Steel must make significant improvements and investments into this dysfunctional and fading industrial facility.

“PennFuture also applauds the quick actions of the Allegheny County Health Department. The agency’s swift response and no-nonsense emergency order shows it is serious about holding U.S. Steel accountable.”


PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania, fighting big polluters with legal muscle, enforcing environmental laws, and supporting legislative policy that protects public health. PennFuture is engaging and educating citizens about the realities of climate change, and giving them the tools needed to influence lawmakers on the issues. Visit www.pennfuture.org for more information.


Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations

stonesifer@pennfuture.org, 412.456.2372