Proposed U.S. Coking Group plant would produce over three times more pollution than the old Toledo Coke plant


May 4, 2004

The Maumee Bay Association has compared the draft permit for the proposed new U.S. Coking Group plant with the records of the old Toledo Coke plant, which closed in 1993. The chart below shows that the new plant would produce over three times more pollution than the old plant.

The following table shows the pollutants from the old Toledo Coke plant and the pollutants for the proposed new U.S. Coking Group plant:

Pollutant New plant
(average
pounds/year)
Old plant
(average
pounds/year)
Difference:
New plant
less old plant
New plant
is worse by
Particulates 1,670,000 97,610 1,572,390 17 times more
Particulates 2 596,000 181,900 414,100 3 times more
Sulfur dioxide 2,926,000 1,059,920 1,866,080 3 times more
Nitrogren oxide 2,094,000 168,980 1,925,020 12 times more
Carbon monoxide 608,000 424,200 183,800 .5 times more
Volatile organics 188,000 490,303 (302,303) 3 times less
Lead 500 - 500 NA
Haz. Air Pollutants 13,380 - 13,380 NA
Totals 8,095,880 2,422,913 5,672,967 3 times more


The new U.S. Coking Group plant would produce 5,672,967 pounds more pollutants a year than the old Toledo Coke plant. Volatile organic compounds are less, and all other categories are significantly more, with lots more dust, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide.

The old plant produced about 200,000 tons of coke a year where the new will produce 1.25 million tons of coke a year.

The Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting on the proposed new coke plant on Thursday, May 13 at 7:00p.m. in the Oregon Council Chambers 5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon, Ohio.

For more information, or to get involved in the campaign to oppose the new facility, contact Sandy Bihn of the Maumee Bay Association .