October 25th, 2016
WESP Installation in Middleton, New York Exceeds Government Compliance Standards
October 25, 2016 – Dallas, TX – Revere Smelting and Refining Corporation — RSR – one of America’s leading lead smelting and lead battery recycling companies, today announced the installation of a Wet Electrostatic Precipitator (WESP) at its facility in Middleton, New York. The installation, which becomes fully operational as the nation recognizes Lead Poisoning Prevention Week – October 23-29, 2016, adds to the list of such facilities in the RSR portfolio joining others located at City of Industry in California and Indianapolis, Indiana. The new Middleton facility has the capacity to reduce lead emissions by as much as 95 percent, significantly exceeding existing government environmental standards for such operations.
Using WESP technology, RSR has cut its emissions of lead in each of its locations and exceeded compliance with the revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for lead. The use of this innovative technology is key to improving the environment, creating green jobs, and differentiating RSR as one of the cleanest lead battery recycling companies in the world.
“Our company firmly believes in sustained environmental improvement and going above and beyond what is required by federal and state laws. Installing WESP at our facility in New York and elsewhere around the country is a demonstration of our corporate commitment to be the industry leader in environmental responsibility,” said Robert E. Finn RSR Corporation’s President and CEO. “We believe WESP technology should be the standard for all lead battery recycling facilities and we urge EPA to take the necessary steps to make that happen,” Finn concluded. Currently, RSR is the only company in the lead smelting industry to have fully adopted and installed WESP technologies at all of its facilities.
WESP facilities are a class of air pollution control equipment generally considered to be particulate removal devices. As designed and installed by RSR, however, WESP technology has the capacity to remove multiple types of acid gases as well as particulate matter. The battery recycling process emits both kinds of materials. With WESP, RSR virtually eliminates emissions of lead, arsenic, and other pollutants.
Although WESP has been around for decades, it has only recently been implemented in a few secondary lead smelters. RSR has been leading the charge in the lead recycling industry investing millions of dollars nationwide to retrofit all of its facilities to take full advantage of this new technology.
RSR first installed WESP technology eight years ago at its Quemetco facility in Southern California. There, WESP has reduced lead emissions to one percent of previous levels — from 614.96 lbs. emitted per year to less than 5 lbs. per year – and reduced over 90% of arsenic, nickel and cadmium emissions. Following the successful implementation of WESP in California and later Indianapolis, RSR moved forward with plans for the installation at its Middleton, NY facility.
RSR believes the battery recycling industry bears a moral obligation to implement controls and standards that reflect the best possible air pollution control technologies currently available. The reality, however, is that while RSR has used Wet Electrostatic Precipitators to cut lead emissions from 450 pounds annually to just 9 pounds, many other secondary lead smelters continue to use pollution control equipment that was last considered state of the art more than three decades ago.Return to News Archive.