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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday to recover the state’s $15 million investment in a long-stalled $1.7 billion aluminum mill project promised for northeastern Kentucky.

The measure won initial approval from the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee. Committee members said they still hope the plant gets built but signaled growing impatience with the company behind the project – Unity Aluminum, formerly known as Braidy Industries.

“What we want is an aluminum mill, not $15 million,” said Sen. Chris McDaniel, the committee chairman. “But our confidence has been greatly eroded.”

McDaniel, the bill’s sponsor, said frustration with the project has “reached a boiling point.” He said it’s ”time to begin to apply additional pressure” on the company.

The company announced amid great fanfare its plans to build the plant near Ashland, projecting it would create more than 1,000 constructions jobs, 550 full-time mill jobs, and thousands of indirect jobs. Then-Gov. Matt Bevin persuaded lawmakers to approve the state’s $15 million investment in the project in 2017.

The company didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment Wednesday.

The legislation would direct the state to recover its $15 million investment – along with any interest, penalties, or fees included in the agreement – by year’s end.