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Steelmaker to increase discharges
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said it will allow AK Steel to
modify its wastewater discharge permit and increase discharges of certain
elements from its Middletown facility.
The company was granted two separate modifications, one which allows AK
Steel to increase the amount of copper and zinc discharged from various
points along the property. The EPA extended that permit's term through
Another modification permits the company to increase the amount of free
cyanide discharged into the Great Miami River.
The EPA said the discharges will not exceed chemical-specific water
quality standards that protect aquatic life and human health.
However, the discharge will result in a change in water quality
conditions in Dicks Creek, the north branch of Dicks Creek and the Great
Middletown-based AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and
electrical steel at plants in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
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