PDT Staff Writer
SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — SunCoke Energy Inc. has applied for an air quality permit to build a metallurgical coke manufacturing plant in Greenup County, Ky.
Anna Rozenich, director of communications for Suncoke Energy corporate office in Chicago, Ill., said the company is pleased to begin the draft permit process to build a new plant in South Shore, Ky.
“We are pleased to receive the draft permit, but it is one step of many in the permitting process. We are asking to build a 120 oven heat-recovery coke making facility with an estimated coke-making capacity of 660,000 tons,” Rozenich said.
According to Rozenich, the draft permit is presently being reviewed for public commentary.
“This is a draft permit that is for public commentary now. KDAQ has posted the draft permit on their website to get feedback for community review. The draft permit that they post on their website provides the local community and stakeholders 30 days to review and comment on this proposed development,” Rozenich said.
Following the 30 day review of the draft permit, KDAQ communicates to Suncoke Energy regarding any adjustments.
“Once community members and other stakeholders have provided their comments back to KDAQ, then the agency reviews those comments, if any, and coordinates with Suncoke Engergy on any relevant adjustments that they may wish to have made.
She said the draft permit may then be issued to Suncoke Energy.
“The draft air permit is issued after regulatory agencies, and in this particular case its the Kentucky Department of Air Quality, has had a chance to thoroughly review our plans, specifications, and air-modeling for this proposed coke-making facility.”
Rozenich said the commentary period will wrap up around Jan. 27.
“We realize that this is a thorough, and deliberative process. Permitting typically can take 12 to 18 months and involves several steps. There are probably three to five rounds of review before you actually get the permit.”
The next step in the process entails garnering support needed from customers.
“Once we get the permit, then we have to go back and secure customer commitments.Typically, it takes about 24 months to build a new heat-recovery coke-making facility,” Rozenich said.
According Rozenich, the new plant would employee 100 people once it is constructed and fully operational.
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