Pittsburgh Steelmaker Offers $2.4M to Settle Pollution Suit

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Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh specialty steelmaker Allegheny Ludlum has agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle allegations of releasing pollutants into two rivers in the 1990s.

The settlement would end nine years of legal wrangling over allegations the company, a unit of Allegheny Technologies Inc., dumped acids and waste metals into two western Pennsylvania rivers. It still must be approved by a federal judge.

The EPA sued Allegheny Ludlum in 1995, claiming the steelmaker illegally discharged oil and waste metals and exceeded permitted levels of pollutants at its plants in Brackenridge, Vandergrift and West Leechburg.

A federal jury convicted Allegheny Ludlum of 24 minor violations between 1993 and 1996 at its Brackenridge and West Leechburg plants. The steelmaker was cleared on more than 800 other alleged violations, mostly involving the West Leechburg plant between 1990 and 1995.

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