Licence conditions for pollution studies and reduction program


Licence conditions for pollution studies and reduction programs

Licence number: 2094
Title: Particulate Matter Control Best Practice - Trial of Best Practice Measures for Disturbing and Handling Overburden
Start date: 21 Dec 2012
Licence Condition
Background The licensee proposes to undertake trials in relation to the reuse of Sinter Plant Waste Gas Cleaning Plant activated char undersized (ACU) back to the Sinter Plant.  The objective of the trials is to  collect accurate and reliable information on the reuse of the ACU and demonstrate that the environment and human health are protected at all times.   Requirements Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the EPA, the licensee must comply with the following conditions.  
The licensee must submit an ACU trial proposal and obtain approval in writing from the EPA prior to commencing the trial.
The licensee must undertake the trial as outlined in the Proposal unless otherwise agreed in writing by the EPA.
The licensee must comply with all conditions of this licence during any ACU trial. This includes, but is not limited to, Limit Conditions, Maintenance of Plant and Equipment, and Notification of Environmental Harm.
During any trial the licensee must retain and test / classify the following materials prior to discharge, release, or appropriate management or disposal: all Sulphur Rich Gas Plant reject waste water, filter cake generated at the Springhill waste water treatment plant, ACU generated during the trial, and Sinter Plant electrostatic precipitator dust.
Following the completion of the ACU trial the licensee must submit a written report to the EPA. The report must include but may not be limited to: a) confirmation that monitoring results are below licence limits and Health Risk Assessment criteria; b) A comparison / validation of the proposal predictions against the trial monitoring results or findings for the char composition, waste or output stream composition, mass balance / partitioning modelling assessment, and air emissions modelling; c) A mass balance generated from the trial over a defined time period; d) An assessment on the fate of dioxins, radionuclides and metals emissions and discharges. This should include outlining any change in emissions and discharges from typical operations; e) An assessment on the possible “cycling up” of pollutants in emissions and discharges to the environment and in the other output streams generated through trial; f) An assessment of the quantities of: ACU used in the trial, the second generation ACU produced, and the other output streams generated; g) An assessment of the potential changes to waste classifications (i.e. Electrostatic precipitator dust and ACU generated during the trial),  h) A discussion on any changes to sinter quality, and i) A summary of the cost/benefit analysis for ACU reuse.
During any ACU trial the licensee must carry on any activity or operate any plant by such practicable means as may be necessary to prevent or minimise air pollution. These practicable means may include, but not necessarily be limited to: a) Dealing with materials in a proper and efficient manner at all times. b) Maintaining and operating plant and equipment in a proper and efficient manner. c) Reduction in the nature and quantity of materials processed that could result in the discharge of substances likely to cause harm to the environment. d) Restrictions on the throughput (tonnes per hours) of materials processed by the Sinter Plant. e) Limiting the number of variables which effect the emission characterisation and the composition of the process outputs. Where variables cannot be limited they should be quantified.