MPCA Seeks Comments on Permit and Environmental Review for Gerdau Facility

Minnesota agency last issued Gerdau Ameristeel a RCRA permit in 2006.

May 9, 2012
Recycling Today Staff

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) and a draft Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit for Gerdau Ameristeel’s steel facility in St. Paul, Minn.

The 45-day comment period for the worksheet and permit run from April 30 through June 15, 2012.
The EAW is a study of environmental impacts of the proposed excavation by Gerdau Ameristeel of about 13,000 cubic yards of metal-impacted sediment from more than three acres adjacent to Gerdau Ameristeel’s production facility. The sediment remediation is required by the facility’s RCRA permit. After dredging is complete, residuals would be managed by placing a one-foot-thick sand cover over the dredged area.

Copies of the EAW are available for review by visiting

Gerdau Ameristeel also is asking for reissuance of a RCRA permit for the storage of hazardous waste in its closed landfill in St. Paul. The facility was last reissued a RCRA permit on Sept. 25, 2006. The MPCA Commissioner has made the preliminary determination that the draft RCRA permit should be reissued. The permit authorizes and requires Gerdau Ameristeel to conduct monitoring, maintenance and corrective action at the closed hazardous waste land disposal facility and correction at solid-waste-management units.