A coke production company with a plant in the metro-east has agreed to pay $2 million for violating the Clean Air Act.
The violations occurred at SunCoke Energy plants in Granite City and Franklin Furnace, Ohio. The company must invest $100 million to upgrade pollution control equipment. It also agreed to spend $255,000 to help remove lead-based paint from low-income neighborhoods in Southern Illinois.
The company processes coal into coke, a key ingredient in the steel-making process, but allegedly allowed coke gases to vent directly into the atmosphere. These soot emissions can cause heart and lung damage as well as cancer.