Judge affirms air permit for Arkansas steel mill

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - An administrative law judge has affirmed an air permit issued for the planned $1 billion Big River Steel project in northeast Arkansas.

Administrative Law Judge Charles Moulton sided with Big River Steel on Thursday in an appeal that was filed by Nucor Corp., which operates two steel mills in Mississippi County. Nucor had argued that Big River Steel did not meet state and federal requirements for the air permit.

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission will consider Moulton's ruling at its March 28 meeting.

Big River Steel CEO John Correnti says construction is still on hold for the project. Correnti tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1gOmLzY ) that construction can't begin earlier than June because of financing.

It will take about 22 months to complete the plant once construction begins.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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