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Ashland coke plant to close (Kentucky)
Ironton Tribune ^ | 12-28-10 | unattributed

Posted on 12/29/2010 5:08:07 PM PST by dynachrome

AK Steel announced Tuesday it plans to close its Ashland, Ky., coke plant permanently in 2011, a decision that will affect its 263 employees.

Procedures for the closure will begin immediately and be completed early in the second quarter of 2011, according to a press release from the company.

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Ray Finley, 54, of South Point, has been a contracted employee at the plant for the past three years. Finley blamed the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency for the closure.

“It’s sad that the federal government is going to let the American people starve,” while jobs go to China, he said.

The company said increased maintenance and increasingly stringent environmental regulations have made the plant, which produces the black furnace fuel for the company’s iron- and steelmaking facility, not cost competitive.

(Excerpt) Read more at irontontribune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: capandtax; epa; freetrade; globalwarming; irs; kentucky; obama; obamaeconomy; steel; treason
Praise Obama for saving us from evil pollution producing plants. 263 jobs is a small price to pay!

sarcasm

1 posted on 12/29/2010 5:08:11 PM PST by dynachrome
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To: dynachrome

Democrats OUTFORCING More good American jobs.
The big media will be all over this, right?


2 posted on 12/29/2010 5:17:53 PM PST by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: dynachrome

It’s just the beginning, the EPA is bound and determined to shut down the industrial output of the nation. They need to be put out of business ASAP while we have any industrial jobs at all.


3 posted on 12/29/2010 5:19:28 PM PST by WHBates
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To: dynachrome

Government has what it takes to take what you have - even your job!


4 posted on 12/29/2010 5:22:19 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: dynachrome

These jobs are going away boys, and they ain’t coming back.

Baraq added 17 million to the food stamp rolls his first two years, I wonder how the next two look?


5 posted on 12/29/2010 5:23:55 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: dynachrome

I am sure they will (admin and epa) lease back the plant to the Chinese...


6 posted on 12/29/2010 5:24:23 PM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: WHBates

It’s just the beginning, the EPA is bound and determined to shut down the industrial output of the nation. They need to be put out of business ASAP while we have any industrial jobs at all.

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Exactly. Been the plan since before he was elected.


7 posted on 12/29/2010 5:27:44 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: dynachrome

Well, Ky voted for the creep.


8 posted on 12/29/2010 5:44:25 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: EagleUSA

True, but then I think about the last election and see that the folks in WV elected a Dem to the Senate. I worry that it will too late to turn any of this crap around.


9 posted on 12/29/2010 5:46:32 PM PST by WHBates
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To: dynachrome

Get out of Kentucky as fast as possible!


10 posted on 12/29/2010 5:48:03 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: dynachrome
Nowhere in this article is there any mention of the state fighting the Federal government. Unless the states take the lead collectively fighting the environmental extremist agenda of the EPA and the leftists running the rest of the Obama Administration, the US will devolve into a second world country in a few more years.
11 posted on 12/29/2010 5:52:34 PM PST by Truth29
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To: mylife
Well, Ky voted for the creep.

McCain carried Kentucky (and West Virginia), so I'm not sure what you mean by that.

12 posted on 12/29/2010 6:01:36 PM PST by Campion
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To: dynachrome

For some reason, this story reminds me of the man from WV I met in 2008 while eating a at a diner counter who told me he was a Republican but was voting for BO. I very thoughtfully discussed how BO already said he would bankrupt the coal mines therefore running this guy and his family and friends out of business. He just wanted to feel so good about himself for voting for a black man. I had discussed how he had come out of nowhere and refused to release any information on himself and this man set his jaw and all but called me a racist. He paid for his breakfast and left. I left not far behind him and saw him unlocking his car. I said, “Excuse me!!!”, and ran up to him. I told him that I would probably never see him again and I meant this with all respect but I wanted him to think of me in the near future and to take these words with him. I then told him, “I told you so”. I hated to be a bitch and he was a gentleman but his entire reasoning about voting for BO was almost a mental illness.

I wonder if he has ever remembered our conversation.

And I wonder if anyone who voted for him and has lost everything or will in the future takes a long look at themselves and how their own stupidity has cost them so much.


13 posted on 12/29/2010 6:05:34 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: dynachrome
It's treason to allow part of our vital industrial infrastructure to be shipped abroad.

US Representative Geoff Davis (4th District - KY) has served our country with the 82nd Airborne, so HE'S obviously not the problem.

I think the problem lies with the First Muslim and his Greenie snakes in the EPA.

14 posted on 12/29/2010 6:13:39 PM PST by kiryandil
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To: Campion

Actually, I think I meant WV, but I could be mistaken about the entire matter.


15 posted on 12/29/2010 6:13:54 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
I don't know what it is about voting for Obama to feel good about yourself. I think some people have been brain washed in this country. I cannot comprehend electing someone that is obviously unqualified for an office.

I am absolutely sure the man has remembered your words on more than one occasion.

16 posted on 12/29/2010 6:24:53 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: dynachrome

We pause to note the EPA spared the coke plant in Follansbee, WV, within the past couple weeks. (actually December 20, 2010, as I look it up.)

IIRC, they got a two year reprieve. Here’s a link with a few more details:

http://wtrf.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=91411


17 posted on 12/29/2010 6:31:05 PM PST by Sam_Damon
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To: mylife

Like hell it did!


18 posted on 12/29/2010 6:41:40 PM PST by oldvike (I'm too drunk to taste THIS chicken)
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To: dynachrome
United States Steel Corp. Clariton coke plant, located in Clariton, PA. was scheduled for a ten year, 10 billion dollar upgrade. When the economy went Obama (south) they postponed the work. Clariton is about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh, on the Monongahela River.
A lot of rail and barge work will be lost, along with support services jobs in KY. 263 jobs will turn into 1000+.

Very sad!

19 posted on 12/29/2010 6:46:10 PM PST by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed!)
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To: goodtomato

if the paper did a little more digging, they’d find the met coal is being exported to China where it is turned into coke, and then sent back to the USA.


20 posted on 12/29/2010 6:52:37 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

USS ain’t no dummies, they most likely saw the writing on the wall!


21 posted on 12/29/2010 7:00:07 PM PST by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

You forgot through Mexico...


22 posted on 12/29/2010 7:05:55 PM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: nascarnation

Recall he said that he was going to reshape America? And the sheep shouted hoorah!clapped their hands and danced in the streets. The dancing in the streets part I know because I saw it on television on election night. I understant that those who were doing the dancing had never held a job in their lives, and never will. But , when there is no one working for the government to steal their wages from and give to them, how high will they be dancing then?

And the best[worse] is yet to come.


23 posted on 12/29/2010 7:34:39 PM PST by sport
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To: dynachrome

Hmmmm ... does this mean that the death of cap and trade is a foregone conclusion? The company must think so because think of the value of this facility if C&T should pass ... closing it would mean a zillion credits, no?


24 posted on 12/29/2010 7:41:16 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

I am not him , but I can tell you that no, they will not blame themselves. They will blame President Bush and the Republican Party. Or anyone and everything but themselves.

All too soon now the seeds that they so joyfully sowed that
November day will be ready for reaping. And the harvest will be both bitter and boundiful.


25 posted on 12/29/2010 7:42:10 PM PST by sport
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To: WHBates

And how did he vote in the Lame Duck session?


26 posted on 12/29/2010 7:47:02 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: WHBates

“It’s just the beginning, the EPA is bound and determined to shut down the industrial output of the nation.”

They’re not going to be happy until this place is one big National Park. Closed to the Public on top of it.


27 posted on 12/29/2010 7:49:47 PM PST by PLMerite (Fix the FR clock. It's time.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

I knew a liberal feel-good family who lost their jobs, house and cars since obama’s election. I had to listen to a lot of $hit from these people so I am not real sympathic to their plight since their idiocy has placed me and mine in harm’s way.


28 posted on 12/29/2010 7:51:57 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: dynachrome

I think there will come a day when all essential manufacturing will be done by the government. Until he retired, my relative was an engineer for the NYS DEC. He said that the government is the worst polluter, by far. And there is never a price to pay because it is a big bureaucratic machine.


29 posted on 12/29/2010 8:04:58 PM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: jennings2004

I don’t know but I do know that as Governor of WV he was a proponent of Cap & Trade. The people of WV had to know that when they elected him. With the EPA’s current direction every coal mine in WV will be shut down in ten years or less.


30 posted on 12/29/2010 8:07:00 PM PST by WHBates
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To: NonValueAdded
does this mean that the death of cap and trade is a foregone conclusion?

Maybe for now. The One and his overlords have decided that EPA action was more expedient. That is bad enough, but unfortunately it is worse. The rest of the federal government is involved (DoE, etc) extorting carbon reparations from politically incorrect industry in favor of China and politically connected industries.

31 posted on 12/30/2010 2:53:29 AM PST by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: goodtomato

USS was one of my major customers via their steamships. You could go out of your way to provide a great deal and they were always trying to put the screws to the supplier.

of course, they learned from one of the great master screwers; Georege Steinbrenner...


32 posted on 12/30/2010 6:01:48 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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