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SunCoke agrees to pay $2M for alleged emissions breach

Keywords: Tags  SunCoke, Gateway Energy & Coke, Haverhill Coke, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Cynthia Giles, air pollution, air quality emissions

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 company’s 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 facilities.

"The substantial upgrades required by (the) settlement will reduce air pollution that can harm public health and the environment," Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, said.

Lisle, Ill.-based SunCoke has agreed to accept more-stringent emissions limits than are required by its current permits, the U.S. Justice Department noted.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.

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