The Utah Air Conservation Committee approved an agreement with Geneva Steel Wednesday that settles a dispute over environmental violations at the Orem plant.

Under the settlement, Geneva will build a new treatment plant that will cost $5 million to construct and $1 million yearly to operate. The plant's price tag is at least $4.25 million more than alternative methods that would also bring Geneva into full compliance with state rules.The new plant should improve water and air quality, in relation to the slag-cooling operation.

Also, Geneva will pay $40,000 to study air quality problems in Utah County. The agreement is substantially the same as the settlement reached earlier this year.

Building and operating the plant will mean "a lot of additional employment," predicted Boyd Erickson, Geneva's director of engineering and environmental matters.