Republic Steel Fined for Releasing Emissions
The Canton Republic reported that Republic Steel has been fined USD 50,000 for exceeding court-ordered maximums for airborne lead emissions on July 3 and July 9. An air quality monitor on Georgetown Road across from Republic's Northeast Canton mill registered lead emissions of 1.67 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air on July 3 and 2.37 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air on July 9. The EPA federal maximum for airborne lead emissions is 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter of air over a three-month period, but a July 2 court order decreed that if the Georgetown Road monitor recorded a one-day reading above 1.5 micrograms, it would trigger a USD 25,000 fine and a production shutdown.
The court order also compelled the company to analyze its air filtration systems for improvements, take measures to prevent dust on the mill's grounds from being kicked into the air and to hire a compliance officer.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ordered the company to cease leaded steel production, the source of the emissions.