BALTIMORE (AP) — The new owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill outside Baltimore must pay $135,000 for alleged air pollution violations.
The Maryland Department of the Environment and the attorney general’s office announced the consent decree with RG Steel on Thursday.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Maryland Board Of Education Discusses School Mask Mandate
The environment department says a suit it filed last month against RG Steel was prompted by a 2009 blast furnace incident that occurred before the company bought the plant earlier this year.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Chilly Tuesday, Plus A Chance For Snow On Wednesday
However, RG Steel must take steps to minimize blast furnace emissions. The consent decree also resolves alleged violations in other areas of the mill.
The 2009 incident involved a pressure surge that caused emergency valves to open allowing pollutants to escape. The
agreement requires the company to prevent unnecessary or prolonged activation of the relieve valves.
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