NEW YORK Big
River Steel LLC has received approval for its air permit from
the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, effectively
clearing one of the final hurdles before construction of its
proposed $1.1-billion steel mill.
"The company received
their air permit on Sept. 18. ... The only other thing is that
theres a 30-day window for anyone who commented on the
original proposal to file an appeal before the Arkansas
Pollution Control and Ecology Commission," an agency
spokeswoman told AMM.
"A federal procedural
step is also possible that allows a third party to petition
(the Environmental Protection Agency) within 60 days of the
expiration of EPAs 45-day review period requesting that
they object to the permit," she added.
The company will also
need stormwater construction and general stormwater permits
from the agencys Water Division. Depending on the
processes it uses, they will probably need a discharge permit
as well, the spokeswoman said, adding that the facility will
also be inspected on a regular basis.
In July, the agency
held a meeting to consider issuing its air permit to the
company to construct the building in Osceola, Ark., which was
expected to be issued in September (
amm.com, July 12). A spokesman had previously said
that once the air permit was approved, the funds from the
"handful" of investors would need to be received before
groundbreaking in November.
A spokesman for the
states Economic Development Commission couldnt be
reached for further detail.
Big River Steels
proposed mill has been supported by local legislators, but
opponents said there is already too much capacity in the U.S.
steel sheet market (
amm.com, March 18).