Steel Company Reaches Million Dollar Settlement With Feds

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AK Steel Corp. is paying a $1.6 million civil penalty to resolve air pollution violations that occurred at its now-closed coke plant in Ashland.

The settlement also calls for AK Steel to spend at least $2 million to improve emissions at its Ashland West Works facility.

The Independent in Ashland reports Kentucky will receive $25,000 of that penalty.

The West Chester, Ohio, company said in a statement Wednesday that the settlement was reached "without admission of the alleged violations by AK Steel."

Robert Dreher with the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division says the settlement holds AK accountable for years of violations at the plant. AK Steel closed the coke plant in June 2011.