Shenango Coke Plant

The Challenges Of Repurposing Industrial Sites

Mar 8, 2016
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The Waterfront is an example of a former industrial site that has been redeveloped. As developers ponder the future of the Shenango Coke Plant site, what are the challenges involved in redeveloping industrial sites?  We’ll pose that question to Donald Smith, president of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) and Reid Frazier, environmental reporter for the Allegheny Front. We’ll also ask Jim Thompson, deputy director of environmental health for the Allegheny County Health Department, what concerns he has and what he’ll be looking for as they tear down the plant.

Pittsburgh Business Times

Signaling an end to another piece of Pittsburgh’s steel industry past, DTE Energy Services announced last week that it will be closing the Shenango coke plant on Neville Island, putting 173 workers out of a job just before Christmas. The announcement came as a shock to union leaders, who were in the midst of negotiating for a new contract when it was made.

State Budget Stalemate Continues

Dec 21, 2015
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Amid hopes that the long overdue state budget would be completed this past weekend a tentative agreement has fallen apart. Capitol reporter Mary Wilson joins us with the latest on the state budget stalemate. 

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Members of the Neville Island Good Neighbors Working Group are quitting, saying they're frustrated that air pollution caused by a Pittsburgh-area coke plant isn't being fixed fast enough.

“We’re starting to get the feeling that we’re serving as a tool for DET Energy to placate the public rather than addressing the real and compelling regional health concerns,” said group member and Ben Avon Councilman Michael Bett.