Lopes, chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal.
Photo: RISHI RAGOONATH
ArcelorMittal Pt Lisas Ltd has promised an ease in the air
pollution from its plant which drove the Pt Lisas Industrial
Port Development Corporation (Plipdeco) to file an official
complaint with to the Environmental Management Authority
The assurance was given by Luciano Lopes, chief executive
officer of ArcelorMittal.
Lopes said the company outlined its dust-reduction action
plan to Plipdeco president Roger Traboulay and members of
his management team last October.
Lopes said he expects 80 per cent of the emissions to be
reduced when all the work is completed.
are talking about US$7 million, US$7.6 million, to be spent
this year on environment issues, quality and safety.
million in the short term and US$4 million to be spent during
the year, said Lopes, who is from Brazil.
The ArcelorMittal boss said he told Traboulay, This
is not a false promise.
He said the installation of a dust collection system would
be completed by February 27.
Dust is generated when material is dumped into the hatches
of the vessels which call at its port, Lopes said.
He said from the warehouse to the vessels, there are two
transfer points: one to the belt conveyor and the other
to ship loading.
The company has tried many different types of dust collection
Lopes said installation of new systems to curtail air pollution
is being done by Taggart Global Trinidad Ltd, whose officials
wrote to Traboulay on February 25, outlining developments
in refurbishing the bag house system.
repairs to bag house one was expected to be finished by
March 2. I was there on Saturday and it was very, very good.
And the bag house No 2 is to be completed by March 10.
The letter was accompanied by photos of the dust collection
system in effect. The system was tested last week.
Lopes showed the Business Guardian photos taken on February
25 of the systems in place, which he said had been finished
before the deadline date.
Lopes said the hiring of Taggart was on stream before Plipdeco
filed its complaint with the EMA.
Lopes said Taggart Global, LLC, has more than a 45 per cent
global share in materials handling, and more than 60 per
cent of the US market.
He said the company sought and obtained the best for the
did not try to get a local company or some uncertain results,
said Lopes, who took over in October 2007.
Arcelor and Mittal Steel merged in 2006 following a bitter
and hostile corporate takeover bid for SA by steel magnate
Lopes, CEO of the Trinidad plant, said the company intends
to get ISO140001 certification by years end.
Lopes said ArcelorMittal has three different systems:
n Safety in compliance with OSHA standards
n We have the quality system that complies with ISO90001
n Then you have the environment in compliance with ISO140001
He said collective action must be put in place not only
for new equipment.
are talking about quality, environment and safety.
He said the money the company plans to spend in 2008 will
be devoted to establishing operational safety and environmental
condition of its equipment.
Plipdeco lodged an official complaint about air pollution
emanating from the steel plant on its estate on February
15 with the EMA.
Lopes said he was surprised to learn Plipdeco had complained
to the EMA as the two parties had been discussing an action
The complaint file sent to the EMA included aerial photographs
showing dark and sometimes orange clouds of steel filings
filling the air.
Alicia Charles, communications manager at the EMA, stated
in the February 21 issue of the Business Guardian that the
complaint had been forwarded to the Occupational Safety
and Health Authority.
Charles said the air pollution rules are not in place to
allow the EMA to institute enforcement action.