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EPA cites Nucor Steel for clean-air violations

Release Date: 09/28/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

No. 06-OPA172

CHICAGO (Sept. 28, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Nucor Steel for alleged clean-air violations at the company's steel mini-mill at 4537 S. Nucor Road, Crawfordsville, Ind.

EPA alleges that Nucor violated EPA regulations by exceeding limits on carbon monoxide emissions from one of its furnace stacks. The alleged violations were discovered during tests done June 14 by a company contractor.

"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Acting Regional Administrator Bharat Mathur. "We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act."

These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them, EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring suit against the company. Nucor has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

When carbon monoxide enters the bloodstream, it reduces delivery of oxygen to the body's organs and tissues. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can impair vision, hand movement, learning ability and performance of complex tasks, and can cause death.

Information on EPA Region 5's air enforcement program is at Potential environmental violations may be reported at

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