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ENB Region 7 Completed Applications 12/30/2015

Onondaga County


Crucible Industries LLC
575 State Fair Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13209


Crucible Industries
575 State Fair Blvd
Geddes, NY 13209

Application ID:


Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 19 Air Title V Facility

Project is Located:

Geddes, Onondaga County

Project Description:

The Department has prepared a draft permit and has made a tentative determination to issue a Title V operating permit for Crucible Industries. This facility is a specialty steel manufacturing plant that utilizes scrap metal and purchased metals as raw materials. Subsequent to melting and pouring of steel, various processes are used to produce a finished product. The facility melt shop has two primary processes: an electric arc furnace (EAF) and an argon-oxygen decarburization (AOD) vessel. Crucible manufactures various grades of specialty metals involving the two listed primary processes. Operations include charging, melting, slagging, teeming, and mold stripping. Air Induction Melting (AIM) is part of the Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM) Process; where induction melting of metal is conducted: this includes the atomization of liquid nitrogen, the liquid quench process and other ancillary processes. Other finishing processes at the facility include, cutting, grinding, oil-quenching and pickling.

This permit action will establish the facility as major, subject to Title V under 6 NYCRR, Part 201-6. This operating permit is required due to the facility being subject to 40 CFR 63 Subpart YYYYYY. For compliance with Section 63.10686(c), emissions discharged into the atmosphere from an EAF or AOD vessel connected to a control device may not contain particulate matter (PM) in excess of 0.8 pounds per ton (lb/ton) of steel produced. (Alternatively, the owner or operator may elect to comply with the PM limit of 0.0052 grains per dry standard cubic foot (gr/dscf)). Performance testing for EAF for compliance with particulate limit from 40 CFR 63.106859(c)(1) and 6% opacity limit from paragraph (2), was performed in Dec 2008; as per 40 CFR 63.7.

NOx emissions capping for facility requires facility-wide tracking of natural gas usage which includes a Department approved emission factor (0.12 lbs of NOx/MMBtu of natural gas) that shall be used to calculate estimated combustion NOx emissions and a small process NOx component from the melt shop, based on pounds/tons of metal processed. Facility also has caps for particulate matter at 99.9 tons per year and for several single hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) at 9.9 tons per year. Facility receives scrap metal from several scrap supply vendors; chlorinated plastics, lead and mercury and organic liquids are not acceptable due to federal regulation (40 CFR 63.10685(c) and 63.10(e)); quarterly reports are submitted consistently. Scrap yard monitoring policy is written and monitoring is performed by the vendors and the facility scrap yard manager to ensure no unacceptable scrap comes into the facility.

In accordance with 6NYCRR Parts 621.7(b)(9) and 201-6.3(c), the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has the authority to bar issuance of any Title V Facility Permit if it is determined not to be in compliance with applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act or 6NYCRR Part 201.

Persons wishing to inspect the subject Title V files, including the application with all relevant supporting materials, the draft permit, and all other materials available to the DEC (the "permitting authority") that are relevant to this permitting decision should contact the DEC representative listed below. The Draft Permit and Permit Review Report may be viewed and printed from the Department web site at:

DEC will evaluate the application and the comments received on it to determine whether to hold a public hearing. Comments and requests for a public hearing should be in writing and addressed to the Department representative listed below. A copy of the Department's permit hearing procedures is available upon request or on the Department web site at:

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The application type is exempt and/or the project involves the continuation of an existing operational activity.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29)

It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jan 29, 2016.


Elizabeth A Tracy
NYSDEC Region 7 Headquarters
615 Erie Boulevard W
Syracuse, NY 13204

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