Initially, bunker ‘C’ fuel
was supplied from a large aboveground tank that was in turn supplied
from the Tank Farm located near the High Dump. This tank was removed
in 1990 and a 560,000 litre aboveground storage tank and two 114,000
litre aboveground tanks installed to the north of the Reheat Furnace.
These tanks are located within concrete dykes and were filled by
tanker truck. Staining was noted on the tank and adjacent concrete.
Several railway tracks are located throughout this area. Some tracks
have been abandoned and covered with slag. Environmental issues
of concern associated with the rail tracks include creosote rail
ties and potential contaminated soil under and adjacent to the tracks.
In the past, used oil was often used for dust suppression on roadways
on the steel plant property.
The northwest portion of SCU 15 has historically been the scrap
steel handling area. Located to the west of the Bloom Reheat Furnace
and the U-Mill, various types of scrap metal are presently stored
in this area. A large travelling crane was used to move the scrap
within this area and transfer it to vehicles for transport to the
open hearth, and later the EAF building.
The Rail Mill, which produced that staple of the Sydney plant until
1989, was constructed in 1905 and renovated several times through
its lifespan. The 70-metre long No. 1 Mills Boiler House, that was
located to the east of the Blooming Mill, originally powered the