Technology Committees

Environmental Committee Activities

  Conrad D’Costa (right) presented the ETC service plaque to
Dejan Zrelec (left).

The ETC met 6 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Conrad D’Costa, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

  • Vice chair — Dave Gilles, Sage Environmental

  • Paper chair — Mike Allen, CLARCOR Industrial Air | BHA

  • Conference chair — Kevin Deliman, Baltimore Aircoil Co.

Meeting Highlights:
The ETC discussed  the 2015 Environmental  Solutions: System Optimization Technology Training Conference, which will be held on 1–3 November 2015 in Charleston, S.C., USA.

6–7 February 2014, Birmingham Ala., USA, co-located with the Modern Electric Furnace Specialty Training Conference. On Wednesday, 5 February, the ETC participated in a roundtable discussion with the presenters and attendees of the Specialty Training Conference. On Thursday, 6 February, the ETC meeting was held. Nominations for ETC officers were held, with final positions to be determined at the ETC meeting at AISTech 2014. 
The ETC sessions for AISTech 2014 were finalized, and the roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.
David Giles, ETC specialty conference chair, reviewed the final details of the Water Specialty Conference, to be held on 10–12 August in Louisville, Ky., USA. A joint specialty conference between the ETC and the Safety & Health Technology Committee is being planned for 2015. Kevin Austin is leading this effort.
On Friday, the group joined a tour of the CMC Steel Alabama facility. 

The ETC held its winter meeting in Ontario, Calif., on 28–29 January 2013. The agenda included updates from the AIST board of directors meeting, Leadership Conference and a review of the current Health and Safety data for 2013, which was provided by Bill Allan. In addition, the Environmental Technology Award for Best Paper, committee recruitment and nominations for the 2013–2014 ETC officer positions were discussed and finalized. The AISTech 2014 ETC Call for Papers topics were reviewed. Paul Sheehan gave an update of the Operation and Maintenance of Particulate Control Equipment and Systems, which is scheduled for 7–9 October 2013 in Merrillville, Ind. Kevin Austin gave a presentation on the California Steel Industries facility and also hosted a tour of the facility the following day. The next ETC meeting will be held during AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) held their summer meeting on 27–28 August 2012 in Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada. The meeting was called to order by chair Bill Allan. There were 21 attendees at the two-day session. The meeting focused on technical session development for AISTech 2013. The committee established five sessions covering water/wastewater, CFD modeling for environmental applications, as well as three joint committee sessions with the Ironmaking, Electric Steelmaking and Oxygen Steelmaking Technology Committees. Details of the air specialty training conference, to be held in Merrillville, Ind., on 7–9 October 2013, were discussed. A technical presentation was made by Vern Martin of Flow Care, which included a hands-on demonstration of a typical fan operation and method for measurement and development of a fan curve. The next day’s agenda included a presentation about and tour of CAN-ENG Furnaces, a designer and manufacturer of heat treating furnaces for industrial applications. The next ETC meeting is tentatively scheduled for 27–29 January 2013 in Oakland, Calif., at California Steel Industries Inc.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) met on Monday, 7 May 2012 at AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga.  There were 17 members in attendance. Outgoing chair Pat Jablonski called the meeting to order and welcomed the committee to Atlanta. There was a brief discussion on producer involvement and the fact that the ETC has been doing a good job of getting more producers involved in the committee. The 2012–2013 ETC officers are: Bill Allan, AECOM, chair; Kyle Edwards, Arcelor Mittal Dofasco Inc., vice chair; and Kevin Austin, California Steel Industries, papers chair. The 2012 Best Environmental Technical Paper went to Naiyang Ma, Mark Atkinson and Kevin Neale for their work entitled, “In-Process Separation of Zinc From BOF Offgas Cleaning System Solid Wastes.” Unfortunately, none of the authors were able to attend the meeting, but their achievement was recognized and the award will be sent to them.

Rich Benoit gave a brief summary of the Water Management Seminar in Indianapolis, Ind., which was held on 18–20 March. The conference was sold out with 117 attendees, and had a very good response regarding the quality of materials presented. Some discussion took place on what made the conference so successful so that it could be applied to future conferences. The consensus was the location, which was within driving distance for most attendees; using a program format similar to the previous conference; and using feedback received.
Preliminary details were discussed for the air specialty conference to be held in 2013. The last AIST air conference was held in 2009. A subcommittee has been formed. Paul Sheehan agreed to chair the subcommittee with members including Bill Allan, Jim Bratina, Frank Fereday, Ray Tedford, Kevin Austin, Vern Martin and Scott Lievendag. All others interested in joining the subcommittee were asked to contact Paul Sheehan directly. The timing of the conference was discussed, and most present thought that the fall of 2013 would be a good target in order to give the planners more time and minimize conflicts with other meetings. The next ETC meeting will be held on 27–28 August in the Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada, area. Vern Martin volunteered to look into a plant tour in the vicinity. The possibility for the winter meeting to be held near California Steel Industries was discussed and will be explored further. Incoming chair Allan thanked outgoing chair Jablonski for his service and thanked everyone for attending. A plaque was presented to Jablonski in recognition of his service.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) held their summer meeting on 29 August 2011 in Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada.  The meeting was called to order by chairman Pat Jablonski. There were 13 committee attendees at the two-day session. The meeting focused on technical paper and session development for AISTech 2012. The committee established four sessions covering energy-efficient environmental upgrades, air pollution, water/wastewater technologies and resource recovery. Details of the Water Specialty Conference to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., on 18–20 March 2012 were discussed. Two technical presentations were given: “Environmental Air Emissions Database — ArcelorMittal Dofasco Air Emission Inventory,” presented by Kyle Edwards, and “Introduction of Hot Metal to EAF,” presented by Don Holdridge. Both presenters are from ArcelorMittal Dofasco. The next day’s agenda included a presentation and tour of No. 3 Coke Plant Wastewater Cyanide and Fluoride Treatment Facility at ArcelorMittal Dofasco. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for 21 March 2012 following the Water Specialty Conference.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) met on 3 May 2011 at AISTech 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind.  There were 35 members in attendance. Planning for the 2012 AISTech sessions began with a discussion of what types of sessions should be included. Emphasis on EAF-based environmental topics will be the focus of the next year’s sessions. The committee’s mission statement was adopted. Discussions regarding the upcoming water conference scheduled for sometime in 2012 were reviewed by Jim Skubak. The ETC officers for 2012 will be Pat Jablonski, chair; William Alan, vice chair; and Vern Martin, papers chair. Pat Jablonski presented the best paper award for the paper “New Zinc Recovery Process From EAF Dust by Lime Addition.” Romchat Chairaksa accepted the award on behalf of her fellow authors. The next committee meeting will be held 28–30 August 2011.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) met in Salt Lake City, Utah, 7–8 March 2011.  Pat Jablonski of Nucor Steel Seattle Inc. welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked each person to introduce himself. Bob Albert of SNC Lavalin volunteered to take the meeting minutes. Mr. Jablonski reviewed the AIST Antitrust Guidelines and all the attendees agreed to abide by them. The meeting minutes from the 18–19 October 2010 meeting in Seattle were reviewed and approved as written. The 2010 Steel Mill Fatality report was reviewed, which led into a safety discussion. The AISTech 2011 ETC sessions were reviewed and finalized. The committee modified its Call for Papers topic for the AISTech 2012 conference. The ETC discussed the upcoming Water Quality Specialty Training Conference. The consensus was to hold the conference in the March–April 2012 timeframe. Patricia Staible of Robinson Fans gave a presentation about the company and their capabilities. Vern Martin of Flowcare Engineering presented fan selection criteria and fan performance/energy/efficiency concerns. The committee toured Robinson Fan’s Utah facility. Please visit for additional information on ETC activities.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) met 18–19 Oct 2010, in Seattle, Wash. The committee chair, Pat Jablonski of Nucor Steel Seattle Inc., opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to Seattle and thanking them for taking time out of their busy schedules. Mr. Jablonski had everyone introduce themselves. Frank Fereday of W.L. Gore volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed, and all agreed to abide by them. The ETC debated and concluded that they need to have more interesting program agendas, site visits, and better promote the meetings among those who would be most interested. Considerable discussion took place about the ETC mission statement as stated in the minutes of the previous meeting. The ETC rephrased its mission statement to read, “The mission of the Environmental Technology Committee is to support the steel industry by disseminating information on environmental technology and issues through the following activities: providing educational programs for the steelmaking community, assisting in the understanding of applicable regulations and the minimization of environmental impact, and providing an open forum for the exchange of technology and information.” Committee members are asked to review the revised statement and be prepared to vote on it at the next meeting. With this exception, the minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as written. The ETC then reviewed the 2010 Mill Fatality Report. Most of the victims seemed to be experienced, and from reading the descriptions, all the accidents could have been avoided. The ETC then selected and arranged abstracts into five sessions for AISTech 2011. After reviewing the ratings for ETC papers presented at AISTech 2010, two papers were considered for the Best Paper Award: “Opportunities for Increasing Productivity and Lowering Operating Costs While Reducing GHG Emissions” by D. Zuliani, V. Scipolo and J. Maiolo; and “New Zinc Recovery Process From EAF Dust by Lime Addition,” by R. Chairasksa, Y. Inoue, K. Matsubae-Yokoyama, T. Hiraki and T. Nagasaka. The Best Paper Award will be presented at AISTech 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind.
The last time the ETC hosted a Specialty Training Conference on water treatment was April 2008. A total of 115 people attended the conference in Birmingham, Ala. ETC members believe it is time to begin planning another water specialty conference. Considering the preparation work that goes into these events, the committee feels the next conference should be in March or April 2012. The conference would cover two days.
Bart Kale, safety environmental manager at Nucor Steel Seattle, discussed “Operating in a Residential Community.” He traced the history of the Seattle steel plant back to 1903 through its operation as Bethlehem Steel and Birmingham Steel. Nucor purchased the operation from Birmingham Steel in 2002. The Seattle plant is located in a residential area and near a major highway. The plant is closely scrutinized by the community.  Emphasis is placed on maintaining a positive relationship with the surrounding neighbors. Mr. Jablonski, environmental engineer at Nucor Seattle, described the equipment used to control emissions for the plant. The plant has two large baghouses. One baghouse (with reverse air cleaning) is devoted to handling the primary fume from the EAF, with some air coming in from the overhead canopy hood. The other baghouse (with shaker cleaning) handles only fume from the secondary collection system. Jeromy Adams, environmental engineer at Nucor Seattle, covered the existing and future regulations facing the plant. The plant will have to comply with strict regulations under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which may trigger a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) review of the plant. Frank Fereday, application engineer for W.L. Gore and Associates Inc., discussed possible methods to reduce energy consumption in EAF air pollution control systems by dividing the flow into two baghouses (high- and low-temperature) and by using variable speed drives for the ID fans. Nucor Seattle then hosted a tour of their facility.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) met on 4 May at AISTech 2010 in Pittsburgh. Frank Fereday of W.L. Gore called the meeting to order and welcomed the committee. He asked that all attendees introduce themselves. Jim Skubak of Foremost Environmental agreed to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed, and everyone agreed to abide by them. The minutes from the Feb. 1 ETC meeting in Cleveland were reviewed and accepted as written. The ETC elected their officers for the 2010–2011 term as: Patrick Jablonski of Nucor Steel Seattle, chair; Bill Allan of AECOM, vice chair; and Vern Martin of Flowcare Engineering, papers chair. The ETC mission statement was reviewed. A group consisting of Joe Duckett of SNC-Lavalin America, Dennis Hixenbaugh of VH Enterprises, and Jim Skubak agreed to revise the mission statement. The consensus of the ETC was for each member to personally encourage their network of contacts into AIST and ETC membership. The committee formed a subcommittee to begin planning another Water Management in the Steel Industry Training Conference for fall 2011. They also formed a subcommittee to begin the development of a conference addressing CO2, energy use, climate change, etc. The ETC then presented the 2010 Environmental Technology Committee Best Paper Award to Johann Reidetschläger, Hans Stiasny, Stefan Hötzinger, Christoph Aichinger and André Fulgencio for their paper entitled, “Siemens VAI Sintering Selective Waste Gas Recirculation System: Meet the Future’s Environmental Requirements Today.” The next ETC meeting is tentatively scheduled for 18–19 Oct 2010, at Nucor Steel Seattle Inc.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) met 1–2 Feb in Independence, Ohio.  The committee chair, Frank Fereday of W.L. Gore and Associates, opened the meeting. Gary Amendola of Amendola Engineering Inc. volunteered to take the meeting minutes. Mr. Fereday reviewed the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines, and everyone present agreed to follow them. The minutes of the previous ETC meeting, held on 13 Oct 2009, in Merrillville, Ind., were approved as written. Mr. Fereday led a review of the 2009 Steel Industry Fatalities Report, which expanded into a discussion of safety within steel mills, including contractor safety issues such as using cell phones while driving through mills and being aware of hazards around heavy mobile equipment. Jim Skubak of Foremost Environmental reviewed the ETC sessions for AISTech 2010 and reminded the session chairs to contact the authors in their sessions and consider alternates as needed. The ETC topics for the AISTech 2011 Call for Abstracts was revised as follows: “AIR QUALITY including GHG rules, PM 2.5, Hg, NOx, SO2, Title V updates, MACT standards. WATER QUALITY including TMDL, ELGs, water treatment and reuse, storm water pollution prevention. SOLID WASTE including RCRA, life cycle assessment, waste minimization and recycling. Other relevant topics are invited.” Bill Allan of AECOM was nominated to be the next ETC chair. The election will take place at the next meeting during AISTech 2010. The next ETC Specialty Conference has been tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2011. Mr. Skubak gave a PowerPoint presentation as an introduction to the tour of the ArcelorMittal Cleveland 84-inch hot strip mill and hot-dip galvanizing line. Mr. Fereday then moderated a round table discussion beginning with the World Steel Organization’s data on 2009 steel production by region. Mr. Amendola reviewed the proposed discharge requirement rules for Pennsylvania. Brad Rek reviewed proposed OSHA combustible dust rules that could impact coal handling operations at steel mills and coke plants. Dennis Poulsen of California Steel Industries reviewed SB-14, a California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation that would require facilities to achieve 1990 level greenhouse gas emission levels by 2020. There was some discussion of area source rules for EAFs; related mercury issues from mercury switches in automotive scrap; and the general lack of emission limits for dioxins (CDDs/CDFs) for North American electric arc furnaces and sinter plants. Jim Skubak spoke about TSCA reporting requirements for importing and inadvertent manufacturing of new chemicals as a byproduct of manufacturing processes. The next ETC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 4 May during AISTech 2010.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) met 13 Oct 2009, in Merrillville, Ind.  The committee chair, Frank Fereday of W.L. Gore Inc., opened the meeting. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed and agreed to by everyone present. Rich Dugan of R.E. Warner & Assoc. volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The previous meeting minutes were reviewed and approved. The 2009 Steel Mill Fatality Report was reviewed, which triggered a discussion about personal safety in or around mills. The AISTech 2010 abstract selection took place next, led by Jim Skubak of Foremost Environmental Consulting, with the committee deciding on sessions and session monitors. Paul Sheehan of Capital Engineering, Rich Benoit of Nalco Co., Mr. Fereday, Bill Allan of AECOM, and Mr. Skubak agreed to review the best-of-session papers and nominate the Environmental Best Paper Award. The ETC suggested the following as nominees for the AIST Division I — Safety & Environment board of directors representative: Mr. Sheehan, Mr. Fereday, Mr. Skubak, and Art Hall of Wheatland Tube. The next ETC meeting was tentatively scheduled for 1 Feb 2010, in Cleveland, Ohio, with a tour of the ArcelorMittal Eastside BOF pollution control system.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) met on 4 May at AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo.  Welcoming remarks were made by Jim Skubak, and introductions were made by all attendees. Bill Allan of AECOM agreed to take the meeting minutes. The plan for review of the best environmental technology paper was discussed. This has been an ongoing discussion to ensure that there is sufficient feedback from committee members attending the various sessions. The plan, as used in the past, was to review the comment sheets from attendees and session chairs, and then conduct a follow-up discussion in time for a formal recommendation at the next committee meeting. The Particulate Control Specialty Training Conference that took place in March 2009 in Memphis was reviewed. The consensus was that it was well received by its 44 attendees. Frank Fereday of W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. was elected as ETC chair, Mr. Allan was elected as vice chair, and Mr. Skubak was elected as papers chair. The ETC mission statement was reviewed and revised to reflect the direction the ETC wishes to take in the coming years. The mission statement now reads, “To evaluate environmental technology; disseminate information on relevant, technical environmental subjects; provide educational opportunities for the steelmaking community involved in environmental control of steel manufacturing processes; assist in compliance with applicable regulations by providing an open forum for the exchange of technological information, ideas and problems which have environmental impacts on the steel industry; and work toward waste minimization and zero discharge/emissions in the evaluation of technologies as the forces that will be driving industry toward these goals. The Environmental Technology Committee also recommends subjects for technical report development, including the investigation of new technologies to meet increasingly stringent requirements. The work addresses technical capabilities, limitations and cost effectiveness. They are working to establish and maintain an environmental database, including the survey and documentation of technology currently in place, suitable for continued use, and to evaluate potential refinements to the technologies.” A letter was drafted to ask AIST environmental members, “How can we be of service?” This letter will be sent to the immediate networks of those on the ETC. Plans for the next water conference were discussed. The initial intent will be to have a two-day seminar for environmental mangers entitled, “Environmental Compliance, Air & Water and Waste.” The 2008 ETC Best Paper Award was presented to Joe Maiolo and Vittorio Scipolo of Tenova Goodfellow for their paper entitled, “Application of EFSOP® Holistic Optimization Technology to BOF Steelmaking.” A plaque was presented to Jim Skubak by Frank Fereday on behalf of the ETC for his outstanding work and dedication as ETC chair over the past year. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for the fall in Merrillville, Ind., to include the Midwest Member Chapter dinner meeting.

The Environmental Technology Committee (ETC) met on 19 Jan in Homestead, Pa. Jim Skubak of Foremost Environmental opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking them for attending. The attendees were asked to introduce themselves, and the AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed. There was a lengthy discussion on promoting the ETC to others, in particular, producers. Each committee member was asked to promote to colleagues and coworkers the advantages of belonging to the committee. The AISTech 2009 ETC sessions were then discussed. The ETC will sponsor four sessions at AISTech 2009, with 22 technical presentations. Two of the sessions will be joint sessions — one with the Cokemaking Technology Committee, and the other with the Oxygen Steelmaking Technology Committee. The paper order and session chairs were reviewed and adjusted as needed. The session chairs were encouraged to contact the authors within their sessions and discuss with them their responsibilities and upcoming deadlines for participation. The current status of the Operation and Maintenance of Particulate Control Equipment and Systems Specialty Conference was discussed. The conference will be held in Memphis, Tenn., on 22–25 Mar 2009. An in-depth discussion of possible AIST/AISI joint activities took place, with the outcome being that the subject would be postponed for a couple of years. The ETC’s topic for the AISTech 2010 Call for Papers was reviewed and updated. The committee wishes to thank the United States Steel Corporation for allowing them to tour the Edgar Thomson Plant on 20 Jan. The next ETC meeting will be Monday, May 4 during AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo.