Substantial environmental due diligence was conducted on the Company and an Environmental Action Plan (EAP) has been implemented to bring the facility into compliance with Romanian standards, applicable at the time of the signing. By the end of 2006, due to some unexpected delays in procurement, out of the agreed 54 action items 13 were still outstanding. These were implemented by April 2008 with the exception of one; the installation of air emission controlling equipment in the converter shop will be completed by the end of 2008.
In 2006, in line with the EU accession process, a major study has been completed on Mittal Steel Galati and a plan was developed to bring its facilities into compliance with EU Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive which added a further 288 action items to the EAP. This new EAP is due to be fully implemented by the end of 2014. ArcelorMittal Galati (as they are called after a merger took place in 2007) pledged to implement the programme 6 months ahead of schedule.
Air emissions will be reduced by 30% between 2007 and 2009, another 25% by 2012 and further 20% by 2015. The two settling ponds (Catusa & Malina) will be cleaned up and a closed circuit water management system will be implemented by 2014. Solid waste recycling has already reached 94% in 2007. Future plans include gradually reprocessing the existing slag heaps for secondary raw materials.
Galati’s Health and Safety Management became a model within the Arcelor Mittal group; however, the company is planning to implement further improvements in the future. Further opportunities are investigated in the field of energy efficiency improvements. In 2007 the management of AMG has developed and started to implement a new proactive public information programme in order to improve its communication and involvement with its stakeholders.
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