ArcelorMittal makes air emissions changes at Monessen coke plant

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection plans an Aug. 30 a public meeting and hearing to discuss ArcelorMittal’s proposed revision to an air quality permit for the Monessen Coke Plant in Monessen, Westmoreland County.

ArcelorMittal, an international steel giant, is revising the plant’s Reasonably Available Control Technology operating permit, which outlines what technically and economically feasible emission control measures are available for the facility. The company is seeking to increase allowable emissions of NOx and volatile organic compounds from the plant’s two coke oven batteries.

The Monessen plant recovers by-products from the coking process, in which metallurgical coal is heated in an oxygen-free oven environment. Emissions at the plant come from the coke oven battery stacks that power the coking process.

Should DEP grant the revisions to the permit, Pennsylvania’s State Implementation Plan would need to be revised. The plan details how the state is complying with and enforcing the federal Clean Air Act, the DEP noted.

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