NEW YORK ArcelorMittal
Dofasco Inc. has been charged with a number of environmental
violations alleging it exceeded air emissions limits at its
Ontarios Ministry of the
Environment laid a total of 13 charges against the Hamilton,
Ontario-based flat-rolled steelmaker for allegedly exceeding
visible emissions levels, with a court date set for April 2,
according to the government agency.
An ArcelorMittal Dofasco
spokeswoman confirmed the company had received notice from the
ministry for "visible air emissions events" in 2012 but
declined to provide further comment on the proceedings.
"Given that the matter is now
formally before the courts, it would not be appropriate for the
company to comment on the charges at this time," she told
AMM in an e-mail.
The governments concerns
stem largely from an alleged decrease in environmental
performance at the companys coke plant, as well as its
aging infrastructure, according to a copy of Jan. 24
presentation by the Ministry of the Environment obtained by
The Ministry of the Environment
said that Dofascos cokemaking facility is "among the
oldest within North America and has deteriorated over the past
"The air emissions from
(Dofascos) cokemaking operation are predominantly from
the following sources: under-fire stacks, battery operation
(pushing and charging) and fugitive sources," it added.
The report said that the
Ministry of the Environment has increased inspections at the
cokemaking operations during the past two years.
750-acre steelmaking complex has three coke plants, two
operating blast furnaces, a basic oxygen steelmaking furnace,
an electric-arc furnace and two slab casters, as well as
several hot- and cold-rolling mills and coating lines,
according to its website.
The company spokeswoman said the
steelmaker has undertaken a "number of initiatives" to reduce
environmental impacts from its operations.
"In 2012, we completed the
installation of continuous opacity monitors in all our coke
plant stacks and of emission observation cameras, which feed
their signals to our operating control rooms," she said. "This
improved real-time monitoring capability has enabled more
immediate response to high-opacity events, significantly
reducing their frequency, duration and severity."