NEW YORK Sims
Metal Management Ltd. has complied with local government
requests for the scrap company to staff its Redwood, Calif.,
facility around the clock.
The company also will
no longer leave unprocessed shredder feed stockpiles at the
The City of Redwood
met with Sims officials Dec. 18 following a fire at the Redwood
facility a day earlier to "outline a number of conditions to
follow in order to remain operating on port property over the
next two months," the city said. The facility had also
experienced a fire Nov. 10, a Sims spokeswoman said.
Sims has agreed to all
the requests made by the city effective immediately, the
company said Dec. 23.
"We will staff the
facility 24/7 with our own employees, maintain adequate
capacity in our stormwater retention ponds and allow the city
into the facility at any time to verify our adherence to their
requests," Sims said.
"The two recent fires
occurred after operating hours at the shredder in-feed scrap
stockpiles. At the end of each workday, we will shred to
the ground. This means that when we complete the shredder
production shift, there will be no in-feed stockpiles of
unprocessed scrap metal at the facility," Sims said.
"To ensure we achieve
this goal, we reduced the latest acceptable delivery time for
receiving scrap metal. By doing this we provide sufficient time
to process through the shredder all the scrap received that
day. No fires will be able to ignite after hours in shredder
in-feed stockpiles because there will be no shredder in-feed
stockpiles at that time," it added.
Sims has also been
mandated to immediately notify the city if it falls below the
minimum staffing requirement of "three qualified operators,"
and halt operations in such an event. The city also reserved
the right to review the qualifications of all operators,
contractors and subcontracts at the facility upon request.
"As long as they
comply with the citys requests, other regulatory agencies
allow them to remain open and there are no new issues that
arise in the next 60 days, the city will not pursue our options
for halting their operation. During this period, the city in
collaboration with regional authorities, will evaluate the
short- and long-term future of Sims in Redwood City," Jeffrey
Gee, Redwoods mayor, said in a Dec. 23 press
The city will
collaborate with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District
and the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate Sims
Sims will also conduct
outreach meetings with the local community in 2014 to directly
address concerns, the company said.