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Nucor Steel sues over Big River Steel mill

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 12, 2014 at 7:24 a.m.

OSCEOLA — Nucor Steel has filed a lawsuit in federal court that attempts to block a competitor from opening a mill in Mississippi County.

The Blytheville Courier News reported that 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 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 called the lawsuit "frivolous."

Read Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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1soni says... August 12, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Saw this one coming

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RoyDaMercer says... August 12, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.

From a million miles away 1soni. Since this mill is going to be much cleaner than Nucor's as far as air quality shouldn't Big Steel countersue? Nucor is so dang arrogant they put Wal Mart to shame.

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LR1955 says... August 12, 2014 at 10:56 a.m.

I wonder if the same Arkansas environmental regulatory panel was involved in the pig farms near the Buffalo River ???

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jkc78 says... August 12, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.

this may be the most ridiculous lawsuit I've ever heard of. Nucor, which produces the same thing Big River will produce, thinks its workers productivity will be negatively impacted by breathing the same byproducts that it produces? SMH.

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RBBrittain says... August 12, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

Big River should countersue Nucor for violating the antitrust laws (and the anti-monopoly provisions of the Arkansas Constitution) by filing this frivolous lawsuit obviously intended to block a competing steel mill for reasons having NOTHING to do with the environment.

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PatWaverly says... August 12, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.

From talking with folks up in Mississippi County, it boils down to the fact that Nucor is terrified that its employees will bolt and go to work at Big River.

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RoyDaMercer says... August 12, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.

That's exactly what it is Pat; I was just in one of Nucor's mills last month

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... August 12, 2014 at 2:44 p.m.

Thus the wage war begins.

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Jfish says... August 12, 2014 at 3:38 p.m.

I guess Nucor has decided to be the environmental guardian for Mississippi County. That is refreshing and I am sure that they have never been fined by ADEQ for any air or water violations. Also, I do not remember them contesting the recently constructed coal fired plant near there. Maybe they can unite with the Sierra Club and others in the area and solve other problems in that region.

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TheBatt says... August 13, 2014 at 11:11 a.m.

Nucor doesn't want the competition. They cannot win on facts. They cannot win by just being the best. So they try to use the courts to prevent competition. Sigh.

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