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Nucor Steel Auburn Inc.

Location: 25 Quarry Road

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Auburn, NY 13021

Type of Facility: Steel Mill

Number of Employees: 100-499

Member Since: 2013

Membership runs Through: 2019

NYEL Contact: Gordon Elwell, Environmental Manager

Facility Overview:

Nucor Steel has been a part of the Auburn community, where they have been making steel, since 1974.

The steel mill recycles over 1 billion pounds of scrap steel every year. To make the steel, they use an electric arc furnace to melt that scrap to make new steel bar products, which containing 100 percent recycled content. The completed steel bar products are then used in building projects, as well as highway and bridge construction.

In addition, slag material generated as part of the steelmaking process is cooled and separated to make gravel and other products. Even the waste from their pollution control baghouses is recycled.

During its tenure as a member of NYGB, Nucor Steel has demonstrated their commitment to sustainable operations by undertaking projects ranging from the recycling of over 63,000 tires, to finding a means to reuse over 35 tons of material that normally would have gone into the waste stream.

They also have a functioning certified ISO 14001 environmental management system in place.

Sustainability Commitments:

1. Reduce Lubricant and Hydraulic Oil Usage by 15%

By centralizing their lubrication systems, replacing the stand clamp cylinders, and replacing gear boxes on intermediate stands, the facility will be able to cut their usage of lubricant by 4,161 gallons per year and hydraulic oil by 2,056 gallons per year.

2. Reduce Waste Water Produced by 16 Gallons per ton of Steel Produced

Nucor is replacing their non-contact electric arc furnace water system with a more efficient one that will decrease the amount of waste water discharged from 74 gallons per ton of steel produced to 58 gallons.

3. Reduce Mercury in the Facility by 2,900 mg by 2015

The facility is reducing the amount of mercury in the facility by replacing fluorescent lighting with LEDs in their rolling mill.

4. Reducing Energy Usage by 6,250,000 kWh per Year by 2015

Nucor is lowering their energy use roughly 40% by replacing their bag house fans with higher efficiency models.

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