The transportation funding can got kicked down the road in Washington and a major steel company agreed to pay for a predecessor’s Michigan environmental infractions.
House Passes Short-Term Highway Bill
The House voted Tuesday to extend federal transportation funding for two months, in an attempt to prevent an interruption in the nation’s infrastructure funding at month’s end, the Hill reported.
The decision to punt a long-term funding extension to the summer was approved by a 387-35 vote, over the objection of Democrats, who argued Congress should have found a way to pay for a longer-term extension.
Twelve Republicans and 23 Democrats voted against the bill. Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) voted “present.”
Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, White House officials said President Obama is willing to sign the temporary transportation funding extension if it is passes the Senate later this week, even though he would prefer a longer-term solution.
AK Steel Dearborn Pays Severstal’s Fines
AK Steel will pay $1.35 million to settle alleged air pollution violations at a Dearborn plant previously owned by the American subsidiary of Russia-based Severstal.
The Justice Department announced the agreement among the steelmaker, the federal government and the State of Michigan Wednesday, saying it settles 42 violations alleged by the state Department of Environmental Quality and two notices issued by the Environmental Protection Agency against Severstal North America.
AK Steel, based in Ohio, announced last summer its intention to purchase Severstal’s Dearborn coke-making facility and other assets for $700 million. Following the sale, completed in September of last year, AK Steel took responsibility for past violations.