Trinidad & Tobago's Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has notified steelmaker ArcelorMittal Point Lisas that it must apply for a water pollution permit in order to continue operating, the former said in a statement on Wednesday (May 11).
The company has 30 working days to submit a completed application to the EMA, the statement said.
"Any facility exceeding the maximum permissible levels for water pollutants stipulated in the WPR [water pollution rules] may at any time be required to obtain a water pollution permit in order to continue their operations," EMA CEO and managing director Joth Singh said.
"ArcelorMittal was identified as one such facility, exceeding the levels for dissolved iron, fecal coliforms and biological oxygen demand and the EMA has exercised its legal authority requiring them to apply for a water pollution permit," he added.
The main objective of the permitting process is to control the quality and reduce the quantity of effluent discharges.
ArcelorMittal Point Lisas, the local subsidiary of Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT), is the largest steelmaker in the Caribbean and has capacity to produce 2.7Mt/y of direct reduced iron (DRI) and 700,000t/y of wire rods.
Over 90% of its output is exported, mainly to the Caribbean, Central and South America, Canada, the US and the Far East.