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EPA, Dept. of Justice settle with AK Steel's Mansfield plant, company to pay $187,500

Release Date: 4/22/2005
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CONTACT: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA052

CHICAGO (Apr. 22, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 and the U.S. Department of Justice announced they have settled with AK Steel for alleged water pollution violations at its Mansfield, Ohio, plant. The company will pay a penalty of $187,500.

In a complaint filed simultaneously with the settlement on April 19, EPA alleged that on numerous occasions between April 1999 and May 2004, AK Steel's manufacturing plant exceeded its permit limits for copper, zinc, iron, oil and grease, suspended solids and toxicity for discharges to the Rocky Fork of the Mohican River. It also alleged that on several occasions between November 1999 and April 2000, the plant discharged wastewater containing mercury and oil and grease from its acid pickling and cold rolling processes to the Mansfield wastewater treatment plant in violation of the city's sewer use ordinance.

Since Oct. 1, 1999, AK Steel has owned and operated the steel manufacturing facility at 913 Bowman St., Mansfield, where it melts scrap steel, metal alloys and other additives to produce slabs that are rolled into steel coils.

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