AK Steel to pay $1.35M for alleged violations at Dearborn plant

21 May 2015

An Ohio-based steelmaker has agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle environmental violations at the Dearborn plant alleged by the federal government and state of Michigan.

The agreement with AK Steel Corp. was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The violations of the Clean Air Act occurred at the complex previously known as Rouge Steel under Russian-based OAO Severstal, the previous owner of the plant, the Justice Department said in a statement.

AK Steel bought the plant in September, and the Justice Department said the company has taken responsibility for past violations and complying with environmental rules.

The settlement also stipulates that AK Steel put in place procedures to avoid future violations as well as install air filtration systems at Salina Elementary and Salina Intermediate schools across Ferney Street from the plant, which makes coke for steel production.

A message seeking comment was sent to an official with AK Steel.