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Energy Department Facing Scrutiny for Loan to Russian Subsidiary
“The government is taking the risk, but getting the short end of the reward,” the California Republican told Fox News about the project designed to improve an advanced high-strength steel plant in Dearborn, Michigan.
Severstal is controlled by Alexei Mordashov, a chief executive whose net worth is listed at $18.5 billion by Forbes magazine, and is known to have close ties to the Kremlin.
Issa asked Energy Secretary Steven Chu why taxpayer money is needed when “announcements made by Severstal during the loan consideration process indicated that the company had ample means to carry out the project.”
But the Energy Department says tax dollars have not been spent, and career staffers are still doing their due diligence on the project.
The department also believes the project would support more than 2,500 construction jobs and more than 260 permanent manufacturing jobs in Michigan.