NEW YORK Coke
producer SunCoke Energy Inc. and two of its subsidiaries have
agreed to pay nearly $2 million to resolve alleged violations
of the Clean Air Act at the companys Gateway Energy &
Coke plant in Granite City, Ill., and its Haverhill Coke plant
in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
The companies will pay
$1.27 million to the federal government, $575,000 to the state
of Illinois and $150,000 to the state of Ohio.
They also agreed to
spend $255,000 on a lead-abatement project in southern Illinois
to reduce lead hazards in owner-occupied, low-income
residences, with priority given to families with young children
or pregnant women; and about $100 million installing
heat-recovery steam generators at the plants to ensure that hot
coking gases are routed to pollution-control equipment and not
vented directly to the atmosphere.
If a third SunCoke
facility, in Middletown, Ohio, exceeds emissions limits in the
future, then the company also will have to install a
heat-recovery steam generator there.
The company also will
spend about $700,000 on equipment to continuously monitor
sulfur dioxide emissions at the Gateway and Haverhill
upgrades required by (the) settlement will reduce air pollution
that can harm public health and the environment," Cynthia
Giles, assistant administrator for the EPAs Office of
Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, said.
SunCoke has agreed to accept more-stringent emissions limits
than are required by its current permits, the U.S. Justice
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.