A Brazilian court ordered flats producer Usiminas to chemically assess gas emission levels at its Ipatinga mill, located in the city of same name in the state of Minas Gerais.
The court decision follows a recommendation of state labor prosecutors, who argued the Ipatinga mill emissions are harmful for both the local population and the company’s employees.
According to the court decision, a recent technical report by state environment regulator Feam found out that gas emission levels at the Ipatinga mill are 50 times higher than standard air pollution limits.
Usiminas halted its No. 2 blast furnace and suspended activities at its No. 1 steelworks facility, both located at its Ipatinga mill, on April 4. The company also will shut down its No. 1 blast furnace at the Ipating mill on April 22.