Thursday, June 13, 2013

ArcelorMittal Dofasco's Meltshop still has emission problems

We posted a number of visible pollution emission complaints to the Hamilton District Office of the Ministry of the Environment yesterday (June 12th) and the day before.  In all cases, the source of the emissions was ArcelorMittal Dofasco.

The first emission source - a chronic problem at the plant - is the company's Basic Oxygen Furnace or 'Meltshop'.  In this part of the plant, the company mixes molten iron with scrap metal to make steel.  But the facility has had an on-going problem with visible emissions from the 'hood' of the meltshop.  The meltshop was recently shut down for a week to undergo some repairs.  But the repairs, while they've reduced the emissions, have not resolved the problem.  The company tells us that they are reviewing the need for additional actions.  We've asked that they keep us posted on what they identify and any plans to take additional actions.

We reported 4 visible pollution emission incidents from the meltshop yesterday alone.  Here are some shots of what we saw:

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