Nucor Steel Files Another Objection to Big River Steel in NE Arkansas

Aug 12, 2014

Hearing On Big River Steel In State Senate Chamber 2013
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Nucor Steel has filed a lawsuit in federal court that attempts to block a competitor from opening a mill in Mississippi County.

Nucor sued Big River Steel on Monday in Jonesboro. Big River is planning a $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola that would employ more than 500 workers.

Nucor accuses Big River of violating the federal Clean Air Act in the lawsuit. Nucor operates two steel mills outside of Blytheville and says pollutants from the Big River mill would negatively affect its workers productivity.

Nucor previously filed several objections to the mill during the approval process. An Arkansas environmental regulatory panel issued an air quality permit for the mill in April.

Big River Steel founder John Correnti calls the lawsuit "frivolous."