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Ferro Corporation of Torrey seeks to modify discharge permit

Ferro Electronic Materials on Perry Point Road is applying for permission to modify its State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

The Cleveland-based company is proposing to add chromium III and cadmium to the chemicals it can discharge into Seneca Lake. Those chemicals are part of a new production process at the facility.

Ferro produces inorganic material for surface finishing of glass, plastic and ceramic materials. The plant has a SPDES permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation that authorizes the discharge of processed wastewater, non-contact cooling water, storm water and treated sanitary effluent into Seneca Lake, a source of drinking water for thousands.

Ferro also is seeking to add a requirement for Whole Effluent Toxicity testing and Technical & Operational Guidance Services toxicity testing 1.3.2 to the permit.

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