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AISI Says New Iron Ore Emission Limits Could Cost American Jobs – American Iron and Steel Institute



February 9, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a flawed rule imposing emission limits on the processing of taconite (iron ore) needed for advanced steelmaking, mandating installation of unproven control technologies to achieve these limits.

Kevin Dempsey, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), stated, “The American steel industry is the cleanest in the world. Environmentally friendly, domestically produced iron ore pellets lead to much lower emissions than sinter feed iron ore commonly used in China, Japan, India and many other countries. This rule completely fails to balance costs and benefit, and ignores feedback provided by the steel industry, steelworkers and members of Congress. The rule will be a direct detriment to the steel sector and to steelworkers employed both at iron ore mines and steel mills that consume pellets.”

AISI submitted comments on the proposed rule last summer and engaged with EPA to provide substantive feedback during the comment period.


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AISI serves as the voice of the American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI’s membership is comprised of integrated and electric arc furnace steelmakers, and associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s website at Follow AISI on Facebook or Twitter (@AISISteel).


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