To the north of the Mobile Department yard (Section
5.4.3) is the Scrap Storage Area (Figure 5-1). This area is approximately
700 metres in length and 100 metres wide. Historically, the area
was used for the processing of slag from the steel making operations,
but since the modernization in 1989, it has been used to store the
larger volume of scrap required as feed stock for the Electric Arc
The Static VAR substation is located at the north end of the scrap
storage area and consists of fenced compounds containing transformers
and electrical distribution equipment. Access inside the fenced
compound was not gained, as facilities are active. No evidence of
spills or soil staining was observed through the fence. While no
records were discovered, herbicides were often used to suppress
vegetation in transformer compounds.
Several railway tracks are located throughout this area and many
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 majority of open space in this area is covered with granular
materials. Slopes at certain locations show signs of surface erosion.
Overland drainage in the area may present the possibility of siltation
and sediment impacts to receiving waters.