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AK Steel settles Ashland charges

Keywords: Tags  AK Steel, Ashland Works, Kentucky, EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Act

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 regulations."

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