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Philadelphia recycler settles shredder noise complaints

Keywords: Tags  shredder, Camden Iron & Metal, SPC, Air Management Services, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — A Philadelphia shredder will reimburse the city, pay a civil penalty and take steps to reduce noise to settle alleged violations.

Bellmawr, N.J.-based SPC Corp., which does business as Camden Iron & Metal Inc., has signed an administrative order and consent decree with the city’s Department of Health Air Management Services (AMS), agreeing to reimburse the agency $12,470 for investigatory services and to pay a $6,530 civil penalty for alleged violations.

AMS indicated that it received 33 complaints of noise and explosions between November 2012 and March 2013.

SPC retained additional quality assurance personnel in December to inspect and remove explosive materials before the scrap metal was processed. But AMS said it saw 10 explosive events at the shredder after the quality assurance people were tasked with removing the materials. It also cited the recycler for failing to report nine of the 10 explosions, as well as for fugitive dust violations.

SPC has agreed to employ three quality assurance personnel to inspect shredder feed material for explosive materials; operate its shredder foam suppression system at all times when the shredder is running and maintain records on how much foam is consumed; install insulation by Oct. 1 on all pipes that supply the foam; hire an environmental consultant to make sure the shredder water and foam systems are in compliance; and hire an acoustic consultant to design an enclosure around the shredder that will lower noise levels and prevent metal shrapnel from flying off the property.

The recycler also has agreed to pay $500 for any future noise violations and $3,000 for any failure to report fires within the shredder.

Camden Iron & Metal, a wholly owned subsidiary of European Metal Recycling Ltd. (EMR), could not be reached for comment.

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