Pennsylvania DEP Issues Air Quality Permit to AMROX for Washington County Facility

Oct 18, 2011, 11:26 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 18, 2011 The Department of Environmental Protection today issued an Air Quality State Only Operating Permit to American Iron Oxide Co. (AMROX) for the operation of its facility in Allenport Borough, Washington County.

The AMROX facility accepts spent pickle liquor from U.S. Steel, among others. The pickle liquor, which is generally composed of water, hydrochloric acid and iron, is then regenerated for reuse by steel companies. Iron oxide is produced in the process, which AMROX sells to various industries.

The permit sets out requirements relating to restrictions, testing, monitoring, recordkeeping, reporting and work practice standards.

The facility's annual emissions are estimated to be approximately 4.9 tons of total particulate matter, 4.7 tons of hydrochloric acid and 2.2 tons of chlorine. Emissions are controlled through the use of an absorber, two scrubbers, two bag houses and a vacuum sweeper.

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Media Contact: Lisa Kasianowitz, 717-787-1323

Source:  Department of Environmental Protection Southwest Regional Office

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection