Wednesday, May 3, 2017
US Nitrogen Says It Will Forge Ahead
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Officials of the US Nitrogen say they will move ahead with their Greene County operations despite the denial of a permit extension by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
In a statement issued to the media today the ammonium nitrate manufacturing firm said that despite the denial of a request for additional time to conduct tests on a nitric acid operation, they expect to be able to continue the startup of full operations.
"We will continue to work closely with TDEC to complete the last steps in the required testing," the company said in the statement, adding, "US Nitrogen does not believe this will affect the operational status of the nitric acid plant."
The decision to deny the request was made last week in a letter to US Nitrogen's plant manager Andrew Velo.
On Monday the same state official informed Velo that no financial or other penalties would be imposed on US Nitrogen despite multiple permit violations. Those included the emission of toxic nitrous oxide gases, one of which produced a large orange cloud that hung over the company's Midway complex.
In the statement today US Nitrogen said that it was in compliance "with the majority of the requirements of the existing nitric acid plant air permit...The testing process will not affect our emissions and, therefore, not adversely affect air quality in the vicinity of the plant."