Officials come to agreement with U.S. Steel
Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice and the state of
Ohio have reached an agreement with United States Steel Corp.
on alleged clean-air and clean-water violations by the former
USS/KOBE Steel Co. at the steel plant in Lorain, Ohio, that is
currently owned and operated by U.S. Steel. As successor to certain
liabilities of USS/KOBE, U.S. Steel will spend $294,000 on an
environmental project and pay a $100,025 penalty, half of which
will go to the state of Ohio.
The agreement resolves a complaint
filed at the same time that USS/KOBE failed to comply with limits
on particulate (dust, ash, smoke) emissions in the state’s
plan to implement the Clean Air Act. It also resolves allegations
that USS/KOBE discharged pollutants in violation of limits in
its effluent discharge permit issued by the Ohio Environmental
For its environmental project,
U.S. Steel will remove and dispose of electrical transformers
containing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. In addition to
spending $294,000 to remove the transformers, the company will
spend additional money to buy and install replacement transformers.
“The replacement of transformers
by U.S. Steel as part of this agreement will protect the health
of the company’s neighbors in Lorain,” said EPA Region
5 Administrator Thomas V. Skinner.