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Ferro seeks permit to change surface water discharge

Ferro Corp. has submitted an application to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to modify the state pollutant discharge elimination system (SPDES) permit for its Electronic Materials facility located near Seneca Lake.

The existing permit was effective Dec. 1, 2017 and is due to expire Nov. 30, 2023.

The corporation is seeking permission to add chromium III and cadmium to discharge parameters for proposed new production processes at the facility. Additionally, requirements for specific testing will be added to the permit.

Ferro operates an industrial facility on Perry Point Road where inorganic material for surface finishing of glass, plastic, and ceramic materials is produced. The facility’s existing SPDES permit authorizes the discharge of process wastewater, non-contact cooling water, stormwater and treated sanitary effluent to Seneca Lake, which is classified for trout and drinking water.

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