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.

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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.

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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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