EPA extends comment period on coke
Kelly J. Kaczala
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment
period on a new draft permit for a proposed coke plant in
EPA conducted a public hearing on the draft air permit for FDS Coke
Plant (U.S. Coking Group LLC) on May 13 in council chambers.
the original draft action was issued, notice was given that comments
concerning the draft action would be accepted until May 14," said
Dina Pierce, of the Ohio EPA Public Interest Center. "On May 13, the
EPA extended the public comment period for this permit from May 14
to May 24."
requested the extension as a result of new information received on
May 3, according to Dina Pierce, of the Ohio EPA. "At the request of
the public, Ohio EPA is further extending the public comment period
for this permit from May 24 to June 3."
new information, she said, is the company's request to adjust
major change is they want to switch from a baghouse to a multiclone.
The multiclone will be more effective than the baghouse in
controlling emissions because of the extremely high temperatures and
multiclone will increase some emissions while reducing others, she
Ohio EPA issued a draft action permit-to-install to FDS Coke on
April 13. If a final permit is issued, the company would be allowed
to install four non-recovery coke batteries involving 240 coke ovens
that would produce 1.34 million tons of furnace coke, 57,000 tons of
nut coke and 43,000 tons of coke breeze per year, according to
Schiavone, an opponent of the coke plant, was among those at the
public hearing requesting an extension to the comment period until
after June 15, when new permits are required to comply with tougher
U.S. EPA regulations.
was hoping we would know whether the coke plant is in compliance
with the new regulations. I'm very disappointed it was not extended
after June 15," she said.
are strongly opposed to the proposed $200 million coke plant, saying
it will emit excessive pollution. They have also criticized the Ohio
EPA for rushing through its review of the draft permit just weeks
before Lucas County was listed among several counties in Ohio that
did not meet EPA standards for air pollution.
company, which plans to locate the plant near Millard Avenue and
Otter Creek Road, says it will use state-of-the-art technology to
comments must be received by Ohio EPA/Toledo Division of
Environmental Services by the close of business on June 3. Comments
after that date may not be part of the official record. Written
comments may be sent to Matt Stanfield, Toledo Division of
Environmental Services, 348 South Erie Street, Toledo, 43602, or
faxed at 419-936-3015.
more information, contact Stanfield at