Arkansas commission gives Big River Steel ‘go’

Apr 25, 2014 | 04:51 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Big River Steel, John Correnti, Nucor, air permit, Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission, Charles Moulton, steel, Michael Cowden

CHICAGO — Big River Steel LLC’s proposed $1.1-billion steel mill appears poised to move forward after Arkansas environmental officials decided in favor of the mill April 25.

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission upheld a recent ruling granting an air permit to the proposed mill, which is backed by steel industry veteran John D. Correnti and is expected to make steel for the automotive, energy and electrical sectors.

"The commission’s decision was to affirm the recommended decision and uphold the permit," Charles Moulton, the commission’s administrative law judge, told AMM via e-mail April 25.

The commission’s decision came after complaints filed by Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker Nucor Corp. were denied (, March 21). Nucor’s objections centered on an air permit granted to Big River Steel.....

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