HAMMOND, Ind. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of
Justice announced Nov. 22 that, along with the states of Indiana and Illinois
and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, it has reached a
settlement with U.S. Steel Corp. (U.S. Steel).
The agreement resolves
Clean Air Act violation allegations brought forth by the United States and the
three states in August 2012.
“Defendant U.S. Steel, a major
global iron and steel manufacturer, has agreed to curtail significant pollution
from its three Midwest plants,” said assistant attorney
general John C. Cruden for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural
U.S. Steel agreed to take steps to reduce pollution at three
Midwest iron and steel manufacturing plants in Gary, Indiana; Ecorse, Michigan;
and Granite City, Illinois. U.S. Steel plans to commit $1.9 million to
supplemental environmental projects and $800,000 to an environmentally beneficial
project to remove contaminated transformers from the Indiana and Michigan
sites. Additionally, U.S. Steel agreed to a $2.2 million civil penalty.
settlement protects communities in the Midwest from air pollution and puts
important environmental projects to work,” said Assistant
Administrator Cynthia Giles for EPA’s Office of Enforcement
and Compliance Assurance. “Making
sure companies comply with the law that protects clean air is an important way
EPA safeguards the health of communities across the country.”