VIDEO: Evraz installs new pollution controls

The Evraz Claymont steel plant installs a major new pollution control system ahead of schedule.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more.

The state-of-the-art baghouse acts like a vacuum, trapping pollution.

Evraz General Manager Miles Brittian

"We are now capable of collecting 99 percent of the particulant matter that is generated during the production of our steel," says Evraz Vice President and General Manager Miles Brittain.

That's double the previous capacity. The system comes after the company endured harsh criticism for egregious pollution violations.

"We've got to fix our reputation in the community. I think that we've done that with the air system that we put in here as well as what we've done to improve what it looks like around here," says North America President and CEO Mike Rehwinkel.

DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara says this new system will go a long way towards cleaning up the toxic air in this area and proves that you can have heavy manufacturing in a clean way.

"This is the type of project that will make a real difference in the lives of just regular Delawareans that really just want to raise their family, and go to work, and live in a safe and healthy community," says O'Mara.

The system cost nearly $17 million. Now, Evraz must undergo a series of compliance tests to make good on its Consent Decree with the state to decrease pollution and improve air quality.

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