CLEVELAND, Ohio — The company that owns a sprawling steel mill near downtown Cleveland has agreed to pay nearly $5 million to settle claims that it violated the Clean Air Act at three separate facilities in two states.
A federal judge in Indiana on Wednesday approved a so-called consent decree that will see ArcelorMittal pay $2.6 million to the U.S. government, $2 million to the state of Indiana and more than $370,000 to Ohio.
“Protecting the air we breathe isn’t just an environmental issue, it’s a matter of public health,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a Thursday news release announcing the settlement. “Cutting back on air pollution is a win-win for the planet and our lungs.”
Lawyers in Yost’s office represented the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which accused the company of exceeding permitted air pollution limits at the Cleveland steel mill on several occasions from 2007 through 2018. The company has made several improvements at the facility to enhance emission controls, inspections, repairs and preventative maintenance to comply with the Clean Air Act, Yost said.
As part of the agreement, the company also agreed to stricter reporting procedures.
Ohio’s claims were part of a larger lawsuit that the U.S. EPA and Indiana EPA brought against the company.