Special Metals Plans to Replace Spent Acid Tank in Service Since 1948

by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
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Huntington Alloys applied to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (Division of Water and Waste Management) on August 1, 2013.

Their proposal seeks replacement of a spent acid tank which began use in 1948, according to documents obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency . The documents indicate that this underground spent acid tank is also known as a Monel  storage tank. It is described in the Draft  RCRA FACILITY ASSESSMENT (March 31, 1993).

At the time of examination in the early 1990s, the EPA report indicated that the 50,000 gallon tank was one of three  ground acid brick line concrete storage facilities.  A Southeast tank  and a Northwest tank stored 8,000 gallons each of hazardous waste. The smaller tanks were  certified as closed  January 17, 1983.

Waste managed at that particular tank, according to the EPA:

WASTE MANAGED: The following hazardous waste are neutralized in this unit:

1. Spent Pickling Acids.

2. Sludge from the pickling rinse water.

3. CopJHH Nickel spent plating solutions.

4. Dust from Air Pollution control units.

5. Spent Pickling solution from Off-site (Burnaugh


The report indicated that “there are no records concerning inspections conducted by Federal or State regulatory agencies prior to November 1980.”

( *The Atomic Energy Commission AEC leased Huntington (Reduction) Pilot Plant operated from 1952 until demolished in 1979, when classified portions were buried in Piketon, Ohio. The plant was on cold stand by from 1963-1978, when demolition began. AEC/NRC facilities had regulatory rules subject to “in house” interpretation.)

INGO, had been classified by the WV DEP as a hazardous waste storage, treatment and disposal (TSD) facility because characteristic and listed hazardous waste has been stored and/or disposed at the facility. A RGRA hazardous waste management (HWM) permit was issued on June 25, 1984 permitting INCO to operate three (3) HWM units consisting of two (2) container storage areas (hazardous waste containers and Baghouse dust containers) and an open top storage tank (Monel Tank).

At the time of assessment  (1993), there were ten (10) satellite hazardous waste storage areas at the facility where hazardous wastes are generally stored and/or collected for less than 90 days. A list of satellite areas are included Areas of Concern.

The facility had an Industrial Waste Discharge (IWD) permit t1 (0187017) issued by the City of Huntington's Sanitary Board to discharge treated wastewater from its wastewater treatment plant to the city's sewer system.

This permit application was refiled on December 18, 1985. This permit became effective as of April 1, 1988 and wsd  in effect until April 1, 1993.

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