- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

OSCEOLA, Ark. (AP) - Groundbreaking on a planned $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas is expected to take place in late June.

Big River Steel CEO John Correnti tells the Blytheville Courier News (https://bit.ly/1nusZGx ) that he expects to finalize financing in mid-June with a groundbreaking to occur later that month. Construction on the project had been stalled after Nucor Steel challenged Big River’s air-quality permit, saying the plant didn’t fulfill state and federal anti-pollution requirements

Last month, an administrative law judge rejected Nucor’s challenge.

The steel mill is expected to employ 2,000 people during construction and have about 600 permanent employees.

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Information from: Blytheville Courier News, https://www.couriernews.net

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