NEW YORK U.S.
Steel Corp. is in negotiations with the Allegheny County (Pa.)
Health Department (ACHD) to extend the commissioning period for
its new Clairton, Pa., coke battery to give the steelmaker time
to bring it in line with local and federal emissions
"There will be a
formal agreement that defines the terms and conditions of
allowing them to continue to operate until they come into
compliance," James E. Thompson, ACHDs air quality program
manager, told AMM.
company "is seeking an additional extension for the
commissioning period for the charging process to allow for
necessary adjustments," a U.S. Steel spokeswoman said. "It is
appropriate to anticipate a commissioning period greater than
180 days for a complex innovative process to be fully
commissioning period typically allowed by the ACHD ended May
23, with the facility having started up late last November.
"They currently are
not in compliance with their permit in regards to charging
emissions," Thompson said.
Under local standards,
which are more stringent than federal standards, the coke
battery can have 55 seconds of emissions for any five
consecutive charges of coal, according to Thompson. "They
(emissions) are three to five times greater than that," he
U.S. Steel might need
to make changes to the battery to reduce emissions, Thompson
The county is likely
to seek some form of enforcement action going forward, such as
requiring the company to reduce emissions elsewhere in the
plant, he said.
"Its the first
start-up of a major coke facility in about 20 years, so
its not surprising that there would be some issues that
they would face," Thompson said.
U.S. Steel expects
that by July 31 it will be compliant with all emissions
requirements, except those on charging, according to the
The steelmaker has
touted emissions compliance as one of the boons of its new
$500-million coke battery (
amm.com, Feb. 1).