Arkansas agency lifts air permit stay at Big River Steel

Nucor Steel appealed issue of the permit in 2013.

February 11, 2014
Recycling Today Staff

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission has lifted a stay on an air permit for Big River Steel (BRS), which plans to build a steel minimill in Arkansas. Nucor Steel, a rival steel company, had filed an appeal on the issuance of the air permit late last year. BRS received the initial approval Oct. 17, 2013.

Big River Steel says delays in issuing the air permit were jeopardizing private investors in the project as well as some state government funding that had criteria that need to be met by June 2014.

Charles Moulton, the administrative law judge for the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission, says the steel company needs to meet deadlines under provisions of Amendment 82 of the state’s constitution to be approved for $125 million in bonds.

According to local press reports, a trial concerning the air permit will be Feb. 18, 2014. Moulton will make his recommendation to the full commission in March 2014.