Despite U.S. Steel Canada lowering production, there seems to be more pollution in Hamilton’s north end.
The ovens are producing less coke, but according to Environment Hamilton’s Lynda Lukasik, there is more visible pollution.
She says more dense dark emissions have been noticed in the last several weeks with area residents posting photos of trailing black smoke from the facility.
The Ministry of Environment’s area manager John Beals confirms U.S. Steel’s stack-monitoring shows “an increase in opacity events” over the last few months.
Company monitoring recorded 182 incidents at its coke oven stacks in July.
U.S. Steel Canada spokesperson Trevor Harris says the slowdown in production and demand means the coke stays in the ovens longer and more coal dust can leak out, ultimately making its way up the stack.
The ministry says U.S. Steel has already laid out possible solutions including a better sealing of the oven’s interior.