May 28, 2014
ArcelorMittal Dofasco is not only preparing to pay out $390,000
in fines for releasing coke oven dust into the atmosphere, but also
faces a government order to cut pollution at its steel plant in
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
While pleading guilty this week to six charges of â€˜exceeding visible
pollution standards' â€“ smoke plumes that linger in the air for more than
six minutes are excessive â€“ the company has had seven charges dropped
and has claimed that an $87m investment has improved the environmental
performance of its coke-making plants.
Where visible pollution standards are concerned, ArcelorMittal emitted
illegal smoke plumes lasting between 30 minutes and 5.5 hours, but the
lengths of polluting incidents had shortened in recent weeks, it is
ArcelorMittal Dofasco has claimed that it is working closely with
Ministry of the Environment and is focused on continuous improvement.