Erachem Completes Consent Agreement with the Maryland Department of the Environment

Monday, May 9, 2016

Today, Erachem announced it has successfully fuflilled the terms of a Consent Agreement entered into with the Maryland Department of the Environment in September 2013 that set a schedule to reduce the company’s total nitrogen effluent by 90 percent. As a result, ECI’s process is capable of meeting the 13,800 lbs./year limit of total nitrogen effluent set by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The Company released the following statement from Chris Cool, Vice President at Erachem:

“ Erachem is committed to the Chesapeake Bay for the long term. We take our responsibility to protect the environment where we live and work seriously, which is why the company undertook a massive, multi-year effort to engineer a state-of-the-art, one of a kind denitrification process that is capable of meeting new clean water standards to protect the Bay.

Fullfilling the terms of the Consent Agreement marks an important milestone for the Company. We are proud to announce that as of March 4, 2016 our process is capable of meeting the 13,800 lbs./year limit of total nitrogen effluent set by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

“We would like to thank MDE for their cooperation and guidance throughout this process as we worked to find a solution and we would also like to especially thank all of our employees, including our engineering team, for their determined focus, ingenuity and hard work, all of which brought about the enormous progress we’re announcing today.”

Key Facts About the De-Nitrification Facility

  • Erachem made a total capital investment of $6.8M to build the denitrification plant.
  • Because of Erachem’s unique manufacturing process, the Company could not rely on an “off the shelf” solution. The bacteriological process that is typically used in denitrification was determined to be ineffective, requiring our engineers to customize a solution.
  • Erachem engineers developed an entirely new process to reduce the total nitrogen effluent of the plant. The result is the recovery and reuse of nitrates, and a total  nitrogen effluent reduction of 90%.
  • Our initial tests confirmed that our plant was fully compliant for the month of February 2016, ahead of the schedule set forth by the Consent Agreement.
  • As of March 4th, 2016, our process is capable of meeting the 13,800 lbs./year limit of total nitrogen effluent.