Arnold business agrees to clean up discharge to avoid fine by New Ken authority
By Tom Yerace
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A local business will not be subject to a fine from the New Kensington Municipal Sanitary Authority pending corrective action.
Larry Vogel, environmental engineer for Keystone Rustproofing in Arnold, on Monday night made the request before the board.
Dan “Skip” Rowe, treatment plant manager, said Keystone was cited in October for exceeding limits on the discharge of certain materials from the business. It faces a fine of up to $18,000, Rowe said.
Under the authority's pretreatment program, businesses are required to remove harmful substances that are used in or may be a byproduct of manufacturing processes. The idea is to have such materials removed before wastewater from businesses reaches the sewage plant where treatment can be a problem. A member of the authority's staff coordinates the program to ensure compliance.
“We occasionally have a slip up with nickel, which I think is a big deal for you guys,” Vogel said.
Vogel said the company has a plan to address the problem and, it hopes, do away with discharges of heavy metals such as nickel.
He said the company has made $50,000 worth of upgrades to improve the pH level of the wastewater discharge and it has worked.
What the plan involves in the short term is removing as much nickel as possible from the rinse water of the rustproofing process.
He said that is being done through the use of copper plates placed into the stagnant rinse water which picks up nickel deposits. Vogel said they began doing that in November and held up one of the plates heavily encrusted with nickel after being used in the collection process. He said the plates pick up about a pound to a pound and a half of the metal at a time.
Vogel emphasized that is being done before the wastewater is released from the company's operation.
In addition, he said Keystone intends to add a filter at the wastewater release point to pick up more metals that will cost about $5,000 to $10,000.
In the long term, Vogel said the company wants to install a plantwide “ultra-filtration system” that will prevent any hazardous metals discharge. He said that is about three to four years into the future.
“We are meeting our limits 95 to 98 percent of the time. When I'm missing it, it's not by much,” Vogel said. “That's why I'm asking you to mitigate the fines, so I can put that money toward an ultra-filtration system.”
Authority member Dan Felack said, “I'm in favor of allowing you to work through this plan but my only concern is that you stick to the plan.”
Vogel assured the authority Keystone would hold to its plan and the board agreed to defer the fines for six months while it monitors Keystone's progress.
Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Move forward on nuke dump cleanup, Casey urges
- Pittsburgh-area drivers roll with rising pump prices
- State to kick in $2 million for Glade Run Lake restoration
- Oakmont councilman pushes for answers in vandalism of surveillance cameras
- Battle of Fort Hand 235th anniversary to open window into frontier life
- Deer Lakes board cuts elementary counselors
- Kiski Valley authority manager resigns
- Woman struck by car in New Kensington bar’s parking lot
- Classes resume after Leechburg Area bomb threat
- Deer Lakes School District crafts tentative budget, but contract issues unresolved
- Cool chemistry: Programs at Springdale library take inspiration from late science professor