This excerpt taken from the AKS 10-K filed Mar 8, 2005.
Domestic steel producers, including AK Steel, are subject to stringent federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to the protection of human health and the environment. Over the past three years, AK Steel has expended the following for environmental related capital investments and environmental compliance costs:
Except as expressly noted below, management does not anticipate any material impact on AK Steels recurring operating costs or future profitability as a result of its compliance with current environmental regulations. Moreover, because all domestic steel producers operate under the same set of federal environmental regulations, management believes that AK Steel is not disadvantaged relative to its domestic competitors by its need to comply with these regulations.
As previously reported, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final MACT (maximum achievable control technology) rules for integrated iron and steel manufacturing facilities in the Federal Register on May 20, 2003. Pursuant to these rules, any existing affected source must have pollution control equipment necessary to comply with the MACT rules installed and operating by May 22, 2006. The blast furnace and basic oxygen furnace at the Companys Middletown Works are affected sources subject to the new MACT rules. The Company previously announced that its Board has approved the investment necessary to bring its Middletown Works into compliance with the MACT rules. The Company is in the process of installing the necessary pollution control equipment to achieve such compliance. The Company anticipates that the three-year cost (2004-2006), primarily capital investment, of such compliance will be a total of approximately $66.0. This is the primary driver for the increase in environmental related capital investments in 2004.