Air polllution’s place in the history of southwestern Pennsylvania is as prominent as the region’s mighty rivers and the steel industry that once crowded their banks. For nearly a century, it was a defining characteristic in the eyes of visitors, who pulled no punches when describing the grim conditions they found.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2018
Power companies aren’t alone in their shift away from coal. Steelmakers, industry groups and the federal government are spending millions looking for a way to make steel without coke, the carbon-​rich form of coal used to fuel blast furnaces. Like coal-​fired power generation, coke production is a major source of air pollution, and…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading The industry explores ways to make steelmaking cleaner
Shell Chemical Appalachia’s petrochemical complex has begun to rise from a dusty Beaver County brownfield that follows a slow bend in the Ohio River near Monaca. It took hefty tax incentives to secure it. The nation’s largest zinc smelter was razed to make room for it. More than 7 million cubic feet of…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Shale gas build-​out raises prospects for jobs and air pollution
A decade ago, as Consol Energy’s 150th anniversary drew near, top executives began to take stock in where the company stood as a leading producer of coal and where that path would take it. Coal was in what CEO Nicholas DeIuliis called a “supercycle.” It was the workhorse of the national power grid…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Energy’s Big Shift
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