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Ark. commission to discuss Big River Steel ruling

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NEW YORK — The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission will meet April 25 to discuss a recent ruling in favor of steel industry veteran John D. Correnti’s proposed Big River Steel LLC project, Charles Moulton, the commission’s administrative law judge, told AMM.

During that meeting of the full commission, both Big River Steel and Nucor Corp. will be able to present their arguments, after which the commission will either uphold Moulton’s decision or send it back for review, he said. "The commission makes a decision right there and then. After that, either side is allowed to appeal."

An appeal, generally 30 days after the decision, can be filed by either party to a circuit court, a state Court of Appeals or the state Supreme Court, depending on the issue in question.

The commission hearing is in response to the denial of a majority of complaints filed by Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor (, March 21). The complaints centered on an air permit granted to Big River Steel, a proposed $1.1-billion mill that would produce steel for the automotive, energy and electrical sectors.

Neither Big River Steel nor Nucor responded to requests for comment March 31.

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