Western steelmakers have long complained that their Chinese competitors operate under a different set of rules.
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Mills run by Nucor and Steel Dynamics legitimately claim to be some of the most environmentally responsible steelmakers in the world, operating as they do under a raft of US legislation that controls a wide range of water, air, noise, dust and waste control standards that few mills in the developing world are forced to meet.
These operating standards benefit the environment particularly of those working in or living near to the steel mills, but indirectly the wider global community, too. It is not that emerging markets such as China do not have environmental laws it is more that they are rarely, if ever, enforced.