A coke production company in Granite City will dish out two-million dollars for violating the Clean Air Act. SunCoke Energy turns coal into coke, which is a key ingredient in the steel-making process. The gases from the coke seeped into the atmosphere and posed a health risk for people in the area. The soot from the gas can cause cancer and damage the heart and lungs.
The company is required to upgrade its pollution control equipment and help remove any lead-based paint from low-income neighborhoods in southern Illinois. The suit alleged infractions at plants in Illinois and Ohio, including the one in Granite City.