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Voestalpine Offers to Settle Texas Class-Action Suit for $88 Million

  • Austrian steelmaker will take steps to mitigate air pollution
  • Hearing on settling suit is scheduled for June 15 in Texas
Voestalpine direct reduction plant in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Voestalpine direct reduction plant in Corpus Christi, Texas.Source: Voestalpine AG/AP Photo

Voestalpine AG agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed by Texans living near an ironworks owned by the Austrian steelmaker, which was accused of endangering people’s health and property. 

About a fifth of the $88.4 million settlement is earmarked for Texans who sought damages resulting from clouds of metallic dust that occasionally billowed from Voestalpine’s plant in Corpus Christi, according to a court document. The rest of the money is being spent on retrofitting the facility to avoid future emissions.