by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Huntington Alloys Applied for and Received Permit in June 2013 for Impaired Waters Waste Treatment Permit
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Huntington Alloys ( a.k.a. Special Metals) has applied for a WV NPDES Water Pollution Control Permit to operate and maintain a metals reclaim tailings earthen impoundment  and temporary storage area for the treatment of industrial waste and drainage into the drainage basin of Pat’s Branch , a tributary of the Guyandotte River which is a tributary of the Ohio River.

The public comment period closed April 20, 2013.

The notice continued:

There shall be no discharge of process wastewater from the facility to waters of the State. Also to operate and maintain best management practices and disposal systems for the discharge of untreated industrial wastes (stormwater only) from Outlets 001 and 002 into Pat's Branch, a tributary of the Lower Guyandotte River, approximately 0.78 miles from the mouth of the Ohio River. Tier 1 protection is provided for the uses specified in 47 CSR 2, Section 6. Business conducted: This facility manufactures nickel and high nickel alloys in various shapes, ingots, sheets, strips, rods, and tubes through melting, tube reducing, rolling, heat treating, machining, grinding, etc. Implementation: Compliance shall be attained through Administrative Order No. 7813.

In addition, a US EPA Enforcement and Compliance History website (ECHO) indicates that the permit was issued for the Guyandotte River effective June 1, 2013 through April 23, 2018.

According to the data base, the Lower Guyandotte River maintains the Public Water Supply and in 2010 has an impaired rating. The same portion of the river is impaired for Warm Water Fishery and Water Contact Recreation.
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