Vyksa's Proposed New Sanitation Buffer Meets Sanitation and Disease Control Requirements

On March 16, 2020 upon a comprehensive review, the Nizhniy Novgorod regional office of Rospotrebnadzor returned a finding that the proposed sanitation buffer of the newly designed United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) meltshop and casting facility in the Vyksa Municipal District is compliant with the Government sanitation and disease control codes and regulations.

A single sanitation buffer will be established around three Vyksa Steel Works (AO VSW, Nizhniy Novgorod Region, an OMK subsidiary) sites in the vicinity of the Motmos Township. It will include the existing Integrated Casting and Rolling Facility, the seamless pipe mill under construction, and the contemplated meltshop and casting facility.

According to the Rospotrebnadzor finding, the proposed sanitation buffer meets all the statutory requirements and guarantees residents complete safety during the operation of these industrial installations. The sanitation buffer will extend at least 1 km from the future installation. This distance is established by standard to protect residents from noise. In addition, a noise screen 1.7 km long and 10 m high will constructed for the same purpose. The design of the new meltshop that meets the most stringent environmental requirements will provide for noise suppressors on ventilation fans.

The electric meltshop and casting facility design is currently undergoing a Government environmental review. The future facility will make use of the most advanced fume treatment technologies protecting ambient air from pollutants. The efficiency of the electric arc furnace scrubbing equipment will be 99%. The meltshop and the casting and rolling facility will be equipped with automatic sensors to monitor atmospheric discharge. These data will be transmitted to the oversight authorities and the regulators in real time. In addition, a certified environmental lab will monitor atmospheric air at the edge of the sanitation buffer on a weekly basis.