Indiana sets new sulfur dioxide limit for NW Indiana plant
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Indiana regulators have set proposed new pollution limits for a northwestern Indiana business that’s considered one of the region’s worst polluters.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is proposing a tougher sulfur dioxide emissions limit for Indiana Harbor Coke Co. The East Chicago plant supplies ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbor steel mill with the coke its blast furnaces burn to make pig iron.
Indiana Harbor Coke and its parent company, Cokenergy, reached a consent decree with state and federal governments last year under which they agreed to pay a $5 million fine, clean up lead contamination in East Chicago and curb air pollution, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.
IDEM’s proposed rule includes requiring Indiana Harbor Coke Co. to vent no more than 19% of its coke oven waste gases into the atmosphere on any given day. A public hearing on the proposed rule will be held Jan. 8 at the Indiana Government Center South in Indianapolis.
Indiana Harbor Coke has been branded by regulators and environmental groups as one of the region’s worst polluters after repeated federal Clean Air Act violations.