Steel Dynamics to Protect Creek from Sinton Plant Water Discharge
Fort Wayne Indiana based Steel Dynamics Inc has reached an agreement with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to build a constructed wetlands
Fort Wayne Indiana based Steel Dynamics Inc has reached an agreement with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to build a constructed wetlands treatment system, which use natural processes involving wetland vegetation, soils, and their associated microbial assemblages to improve water quality to safeguard Chiltipin Creek from treated wastewater discharge from its new USD 1.9 billion Sinton plant in Texas. The company also agreed to treat the steel mill’s process wastewater in accordance with Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on January 12 released results of an investigation generated by a complaint filed with TCEQ on November 3, 2020, by the Aransas Project. The TCEQ investigation found Steel Dynamics Southwest LLC violated the Texas Water Code by beginning construction of a wastewater treatment facility before obtaining an active industrial wastewater discharge permit. The TCEQ’s recommended corrective action requires Steel Dynamics to cease construction on the unpermitted wastewater treatment plant and to submit proof of compliance to the TCEQ by March 15.
Steel Dynamics is constructing a steel mill near Sinton and seeks an industrial wastewater permit from TCEQ to discharge more than 1.5 million gallons of treated industrial wastewater into Chiltipin Creek, which flows into the Aransas River near its confluence with Copano Bay.