A settlement was reached on August 21 between AK Steel Corp., the Environmental Protection Agency, and Kentucky for a mid-2000s complaint over the company’s coke production facility in Ashland. The plant, which closed in 2011, received particulate matter emissions violation notices from Kentucky beginning in 2005 and from the agency beginning in 2007. AK Steel Corp. will pay $1.65 million under the settlement, $25,000 of which will go to the state; it will spend an additional $2 million on emissions reductions projects at another plant.