The Quemetco Capacity Upgrade Project is proposing to modify existing SCAQMD permits to: 1) increase the rotary feed drying furnace feed rate limit from 600 tons per day to 750 tpd; 2) increase the amount of total coke material allowed to be processed in the rotary feed drying furnace and reverberatory furnace from 600,000 pounds per month to 750,000 lbs/month; 3) allow petroleum coke, in lieu of or in addition to calcined coke, to be used as a smelting reagent in the reverberatory furnace and electric resistance heated slag reduction furnace; and 4) remove one existing emergency diesel-fueled internal combustion engine and install two new emergency natural gas-fueled ICEs, each equipped with a three-way catalyst, to provide additional power to operate room ventilation baghouses during a power disruption. Currently, the facility's rotary feed drying furnace and reverberatory furnace operate approx 20 hours per day; however, with the proposed increase in rotary feed drying furnace permit limit, the rotary feed drying furnace and reverberatory furnace may operate up to 24 hours per day and as a consequence, the refined lead product output will increase from approx 460 tpd to 575 tpd. The purpose of this project is to allow the facility to recycle more batteries and to eliminate the existing daily idle time of the rotary feed drying furnace and reverberatory furnace. This facility is identified on lists compiled by DTSC per Gov Code Sec 65962.5.
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