MARIETTA — “There has been little research completed on the health effects of manganese, which is required at a low level in human bodies. Some studies have linked high levels to tremors or movement disorders in children.
Manganese is emitted into local air by Eramet, on Ohio 7 outside Marietta, the only manganese refinery in the U.S. and Canada.
Eramet spokeswoman Joy Frank-Collins said the plant is making efforts to reduce emissions.
‘In the past three years since we announced our vision for transformation of the facility, there has been $40 million invested in the Eramet Route 7 facility in infrastructure changes and upgrades to equipment that has improved the operational output of the facility,’ she said. ‘We have additional projects that we’re looking at on the horizon that will continue to move the plant down this path.’
She added that Eramet ‘follows closely any serious scientific study that’s conducted on products that we use and work with every day.’
Haynes has partnered with Marietta College to complete the local study.”
— Ashley Rittenhouse, Marietta Times