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December 2007

EPA reaches agreement with Steel Dynamics

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has reached an agreement with Steel Dynamics Inc. on alleged clean-air violations at the company’s steel plant in Butler, Indiana.

The agreement, which includes a $13,540 penalty and a $263,000 environmental project, resolves EPA allegations that from 2003 to 2006 Steel Dynamics’ emissions violated the opacity limits of the Clean Air Act. In addition, the company failed to properly report the exceedances and to use good control practices.

For its environmental project, Steel Dynamics will install a bag leak detection system that monitors each compartment of the plant’s existing baghouse used to control opacity emissions from its electric arc furnaces. The system will reduce the periods of excess emissions and aid in resolution of the cause.

In a related action, Steel Dynamics agreed to implement a compliance plan to improve its ability to prevent and respond to releases from the baghouse controlling its electric arc furnaces.