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Ohio EPA Issues Permit for AMG Vanadium LLC
New facility to be built in Muskingum County
Ohio EPA issued a final air permit-to-install today to AMG Vanadium LLC to build and begin operating a ferroalloy production facility in Zanesville.
“We are pleased AMG Vanadium chose Ohio for its second facility,” Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson said. “The Cambridge-based company has established strong community and business partnerships in this region and is demonstrating a continued commitment to creating local jobs and protecting the environment.”
The new facility is planned to treat and use spent refinery catalyst as raw material in the production of ferroalloy products, using a multi-hearth roaster and electric arc furnaces. Ohio EPA permits include conditions limiting total maximum air emissions to protect public health and the environment. Computer modeling of the project’s anticipated air emissions was required and conducted to ensure that local air quality will be protected.
Before issuing the permit as final, Ohio EPA reviewed the company’s application to ensure it would comply with federal and state standards, laws and regulations. The Agency held a public information session and hearing about the project July 16 at John McIntire Library in Zanesville. The Agency reviewed and considered public comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period.
The final permit and the response to comments document are available on Ohio EPA’s website.
Issuance of final permits can be appealed to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC). Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing a final action; therefore, anyone considering filing an appeal should contact ERAC at (614) 466-8950 for more information.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.