A government business committee has criticised the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for 'failing to be alert' to the crisis, which has engulfed the UK steel industry.
Thai owned SSI closed its Redcar plant two months ago after its UK arm, SSI UK, went into liquidation amidst mounting debts.
It left 2,200 steelworkers out of work with an estimated 4,000 more jobs lost within the wider supply chain across Teesside.
Today's report claims that the Department for Business, headed by Business Secretary Anna Soubry, focussed too closely on seeking compensation for redundant steelworkers rather than working harder to rescue the plant.
The vast site, now under the management of the Official Receiver, sits dormant.
The chance of it ever being recovered for future use is now regarded as "unrealistic".
Equally, the cost of cleaning up the derelict plant is widely agreed to be in the hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright chaired the committee which has released the report:
The report also claims that a 'lack of action' at European Union level as well as a failure from British Government to push for EU action left the UK industry exposed to the dumping of Chinese steel in Britain.
It found that this, together with the global oversupply of steel, created a 'perfect storm' for the UK steel industry, leaving it vulnerable. The report also claims that ministers did not investigate the potential for maintaining existing facilities and preserving the skills base.
In a statement responding to today's criticism, a spokesperson from the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation said:
Meanwhile, regarding the report's claims that the Department for Business could have done more to save the Redcar plant, a spokesperson told ITV News Tyne Tees: