Blue Skies Air Quality Action Plan to result in significant improvements
to local air shed
HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Coming off the most challenging financial year in its nearly 100 year history, ArcelorMittal Dofasco announced today that it plans to invest more than $16 million over the next 3-5 years to improve air quality in Hamilton. The investments will result in the reduction of emissions in 4 specific parameters.
"Blue Skies is the next step in ArcelorMittal Dofasco's longstanding and continuous commitment to reduce its environmental footprint. Hamilton's air quality has improved significantly in the last 10 years, and we will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that this improvement continues," said Jim Stirling, ArcelorMittal Dofasco General Manager, Environment.
The Blue Skies Air Quality Action Plan will support ArcelorMittal Dofasco's application for site-specific air emission standards under Ontario Regulation 419-05. The application seeks emission standards to apply specifically to the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Hamilton site.
More than $10 million of the program funding will be invested by the end of 2010. The remainder will be phased in over the following 4 years. The projects include a variety of equipment upgrades aimed at reducing coke and by-product plant emissions. In addition $1.5 million of the program will be invested in abatement of road dust.
"ArcelorMittal Dofasco and the Ontario government have a mutual goal of improving air quality in Ontario. We are also aligned in our vision for a strong and sustainable steel and manufacturing sector," said Juergen Schachler, President and CEO.
The investments announced today, are part of ArcelorMittal Dofasco's Blue Skies program which will also see additional significant investment in energy efficiency and improvements in water quality.
An Open House detailing ArcelorMittal Dofasco's action plan will be held this evening, September 17th at the Royal Canadian Legion at 1180 Barton Street East on September 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
ArcelorMittal is the world's No. 1 steel company with 320,000 employees in 60 countries. ArcelorMittal Dofasco is Canada's leading steel producer and supplier of high quality flat rolled steels.
SOURCE ARCELORMITTAL DOFASCO INC.
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