NEW YORK AK
Steel Corp. will pay $1.65 million in civil penalties and spend
$2 million on two environmental improvement projects at its
Ashland Works in Kentucky to settle alleged Clean Air Act
violations at its now-shuttered Ashland coke plant.
Part of the civil
penalties will be applied to the environmental improvement
projects, which will reduce air emissions at the steelmaking
facility, under the agreement with the federal Environmental
Protection Agency and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
"The agreement was
reached without admission of the alleged violations by AK
Steel," the West Chester, Ohio-based steelmaker said.
AK Steel said it closed the Ashland coke plant in 2011
"because it was no longer cost competitive due to increased
maintenance and increasingly stringent environmental