by Luke Jones
Posted 10/7/2013 12:00 am
El Dorado Chemical Co. is seeking a draft air permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality as part of previously announced expansion plans.
According to a notice filed with ADEQ, the chemical company needs a draft air permit because the expansion will change the emission levels of several of the plant’s products. For example, the amount of formaldehyde emissions will increase but nitric acid will decrease.
According to the notice, El Dorado Chemical will be installing a new nitric acid plant and an ammonia plant. It will also install three new flares, a cooling tower, an ammonia rail and storage tank, a truck-loading station, a startup boiler, an ammonia nitrate neutralizer and a nitric acid concentration plant.
ADEQ has tentatively approved the company’s request, and the department will hold a public hearing on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado Conference Center at 311 S. West Ave.
El Dorado Chemical Co. is a subsidiary of LSB Industries of Oklahoma City. The ammonia plant was announced in August and is expected to cost $250 million to $300 million. It is scheduled to be completed by 2015.
LSB announced the $120 million nitric acid plant in December.
In May 2012, a large explosion destroyed one of the plant’s sulfuric acid reactors, shaking nearby residences but causing no deaths or injuries. LSB later said the new nitric acid plant would be funded through insurance money received following the explosion.