BlueScope Steel have announced the company will bypass the waste gas cleaning plant at its steelworks in Port Kembla from 18 June.
The bypass will allow for routine maintenance and repairs at the sinter plant where air pollutants at the facility are produced during the production of sinter.
The waste gas cleaning plant can control the pollutants by lowering the emissions of metals, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.
The equipment at the plant requires maintenance every few years to ensure the sustained safe operation of the facility.
BlueScope Steel requested approval from EPA for the bypassing of the cleaning plant for maintenance and repairs.
The approval of the bypass is dependent on:
- Compliance with all conditions of the Environment Protection License (EPL).
- Compliance with Special Condition E5, which sets out the sinter machine short-term bypass arrangements.
- BlueScope implementing contingencies, including process modifications and termination of the bypass in the event air emissions encroach upon or exceed bypass air emission limits.
- The bypass being for a maximum duration of three weeks, commencing on approximately the 18 June 2021.
- All results of air emissions testing being immediately reported to the EPA.
Air monitoring during the process will be published by BlueScope.
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