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Environmental groups sue Shell over air quality at massive new Pennsylvania petrochemical plant - - Britain - state Pennsylvania - state Ohio
Environmental groups sue Shell over air quality at massive new Pennsylvania petrochemical plant
(Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) Shell is putting residents' health at risk by persistently violating air quality standards at its massive new petrochemical refinery in western Pennsylvania, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit Thursday.The "cracker" plant, located along the Ohio River about 30 miles (48 kilometers) outside Pittsburgh, opened in November and uses ethane from a vast shale gas reservoir underneath Pennsylvania and surrounding states to makes polyethylene, a plastic used in everything from consumer and food packaging to tires.A federal lawsuit filed by the Clean Air Council alleges that operator Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC — a subsidiary of British oil and gas giant Shell plc — is violating state and federal limits on smog, as well as emissions limits in its state-approved operating plan.Clean Air Council members who live near the plant are "concerned about the impact of the plant’s illegal pollution on their health and the health of their families," the suit said, noting that smog can worsen respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. The plaintiffs asked a judge to order Shell to bring the plant into compliance, and impose civil penalties of up to $140,000 per day.RELATED COVERAGEShell spokesperson Curtis Smith said the company had no comment on the suit.The plant has been shut down for repairs since early April after Shell said it identified a problem with its flaring system, which is designed to burn off unwanted gases.
Alabama baseball betting scandal: What you need to know - - Usa - state Ohio - county Park - state Louisiana - state Alabama - county Holt - city Baton Rouge
Alabama baseball betting scandal: What you need to know
BATON ROUGE, LA - MAY 12: Alabama Crimson Tide infielder John Trousdale (2) scores a run during a game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers on May 12, 2018, at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. (Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswir Alabama fired its baseball coach this week amid an investigation into suspicious bets involving a Crimson Tide game at LSU.The school did not give details about why Brad Bohannon was let go, saying only that he violated "the standards, duties, and responsibilities expected of university employees."This appears to be the first major gambling scandal in college sports since a Supreme Court decision five years ago paved the way for states to legalize wagering on sporting events.How were potential improprieties spotted? And what have schools and conferences been doing to safeguard competition since legal sports betting has become widespread in the United States?Alabama lost 8-6 at top-ranked LSU on April 28 in a game in which the Crimson Tide's top starting pitcher was a late scratch with an injury.A Louisiana gambling official who received a report from an sports integrity monitor said two bets were placed in Ohio at a sportsbook located in the Cincinnati Reds stadium, Great American Ball Park.Matthew Holt, the president of U.S.