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Eramet fears new EPA rule

Company official says rules could shut down plant

PARKERSBURG, WV — “New emission regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could result in the shutdown of a local ferroalloys plant, a company representative said Tuesday.

‘We don’t want to panic people, but people need to understand what’s going on,’ said Joy Frank-Collins, a spokesman for Eramet Marietta and Felman Productions of Letart, W.Va., the only two manganese ferroalloy plants in the United States and located 60 miles apart. The plants employ more than 450 people, 200 at Eramet.

The EPA released its National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Ferroalloys Production at the end of November. The rule, which takes effect in June, is similar to the EPA’s Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule over toxic emissions that impacted coal-fired power plants, resulting in the closure of three facilities in West Virginia, including at Willow Island.”

— Jess Mancini, News and Sentinel

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