Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company to spend
$9.3 million for mercury emissions reduction
Trenton, NJ— New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley
M. Campbell announced an Administrative Consent Order (ACO) with
Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company settling air emission and
water violations at its Phillipsburg facility that occurred since
2003. Atlantic States voluntarily agreed to install and operate
its mercury reduction technology, which will be the first of its
kind in North America, by January 6, 2006.
Atlantic States has agreed to
install a state-of-the-art, $9.3 million emission control system
to substantially reduce emissions, including mercury emissions,
from this facility. The company also will pay a fine in the amount
of $51,520 and contribute $85,000 toward an ambient air mercury
monitoring project in Warren County. In addition, Atlantic States
will undertake several projects to minimize fugitive emissions
from the foundry operations and install and operate a continuous
emission monitoring system to monitor mercury emissions.
Atlantic States’ mercury
reduction project will voluntarily remove approximately 160 pounds
of mercury from the environment four years before DEP’s
new mercury restrictions take effect in 2010. The company has
agreed to allow its technology to be studied and used as a model
for mercury control at other foundries.
DEP published mercury air emissions
standards under which foundries and steel mills by January 1,
2010 must reduce mercury emissions to a rate of 35 mg per ton
of steel produced.
Atlantic States’ emissions
control system will be comprised of a baghouse with activated
carbon injection. In addition to mercury emission reductions,
the emission control system is expected to yield additional environmental
benefits including the following:
•Reduce CO emissions
by approximately 60 percent.
•Reduce arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, nickel and manganese
•Reduce natural gas use by approximately 10 percent to
•Reduce electricity consumption by 25 percent to reduce
•Reduce waste disposal by approximately 40 tons per day.
•Improve beneficial reuse of the dry material collected
from the baghouse.
•Allow waste heat recovery, reducing plant wide NOx, CO
and CO2 emissions.
•Reduce offsite noise by eliminating high-pressure scrubber