From Staff Reports
Early Thursday morning, molten metal leaked out of a furnace at Eramet, the second burn-through at that furnace in two weeks.
spokesman Ethan Frank-Collins said liquid silicomanganese burned
through a portion of the furnace around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. It happened
near the site of the previous burn-through on Feb. 23.
Warren Township Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene as a
precaution. Frank-Collins said the molten material did cause “a small,
mobile equipment fire” that was quickly extinguished.
No one was injured in Thursday’s incident or on Feb. 23, he said.
reported Thursday’s incident to the Ohio Environmental Protection
Agency, even though it was not required, Frank-Collins said.
do this as a courtesy, as part of our ongoing communication,” he said,
noting people might be concerned when they hear about an incident at
the plant, located on Ohio 7 between Marietta and Belpre.
citizens have expressed concerns about the Feb. 23 incident, which also
was reported to the EPA. Ohio EPA spokesman Jim Leach said that
incident posed no threat to the community or the environment.
certainly don’t see any threat to the community and as far as we’re
concerned there is no environmental impact from this,” Leach said.
Silicomanganese is used in the production of steel, and basically spilled onto the floor rather than into a cast, Leach said.
material eventually comes out of the furnace anyway, Frank-Collins
said, but the burn-throughs cause it to happen at an unintended
“There’s nothing out of the ordinary in terms of the emissions or anything like that,” he said.
Leach had not been notified of Thursday’s burn-through when he was contacted by The Times.
The company is investigating the cause of the incidents, Frank-Collins said.
On average, burn-throughs happen about twice a year, he said.