We use several environmental systems to ensure that our products stay on our terminal and don’t cause disruptions to our neighbours and surrounding community.
Different methods are used to manage particulate matter from steelmaking coal and potash including water systems, sheds, and scrubbers.
Particulate matter – or dust – from steelmaking coal is best mitigated using water. Here are some of the ways we do that effectively, to ensure the product doesn’t leave our terminal:
- A series of high spray poles, strategically placed, surrounds the storage area to keep the steelmaking coal damp and minimize dust. This system is being upgraded for enhanced dust mitigation and will be complete in late 2020.
- Water is added to the steelmaking coal along the conveyor system and on the large stacker reclaimers that move it on and off the conveyor belt, to minimize dust as the steelmaking coal is moved on the site.
- A water spray truck is used for mobile perimeter dust control.
- A wet scrubber is used to reduce dust while rail cars are being unloaded.
Because potash is water soluble and must be kept dry, it is stored on our site in large covered sheds and moved around on covered conveyor belts. In addition:
- We use an extensive network of dust collection equipment, including wet and dry scrubbers, to remove dust from the air at conveyor transfer points.
- Flexible canvas shrouded cascade chutes are used at each ship loader to minimize dust as the potash is being loaded into the vessel.