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Metal Recycling News December 03, 2019 09:30:38 AM

Aluminum Smelter Plant in La Paz County Granted Permit

Paul Ploumis
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The plant will be constructed at an investment of $30 million.

Aluminum Smelter Plant in La Paz County Granted Permit

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Arizona regulatory body has granted permit for construction of new aluminum smelting plant in La Paz County. The Class-2 air quality permit application for the proposed plant by Alliance metals USA was approved by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

The plant will be constructed at an investment of $30 million and will process aluminium scrap to produce aluminium ingots, which will be mainly supplied to automotive, aerospace and military industries.

The residents had raised opposition to the ADEQ’s decision to grant permit, citing fears of air pollution, which in turn may lead to serious health hazards. During the meeting held in September, residents had raised concerns regarding toxic emissions and chemical spills from the facility. They had strongly urged ADEQ to reject the air quality permit for the plant, to be built in a predominantly farming community.

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Meantime, Loren Barton, vice president, Alliance Metals USA assured that the operation will go above and beyond the required environmental safeguards. The company plans to install state-of-the-art technology, infrastructure and sophisticated mitigation control mechanisms in order to control emissions and protect air and water quality, Barton added.

In a meeting to be held on Dec 5, the County Planning Commission will consider the company’s request to rezone the land from “rural” area to “industrial planned development” area.

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