November 3, 2014
By Daniel Fitzgerald

 Felman asks for more time to study EPA emission changes

NEW YORK - Felman Production LLC has requested an extension to the public comment period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed changes to federal emissions regulations.

The EPA's proposed amendments to national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants could force multimillion-dollar upgrades at Felman's Letart, W.Va., silicomanganese facility and Eramet Marietta Inc.'s ferromanganese smelter in Ohio (, Oct. 23)

Felman has requested via its attorney that the public comment period be extended to Feb. 3, 2015, from Nov. 20, 2014, to provide more time to review the proposed changes. "The recent supplemental proposal represents Felman's first opportunity to review EPA's re-analysis of the data, and much of that analysis was only made available a few days ago," attorney Laura K. McAfee told the EPA.

"We believe this extension is necessary to allow for a full and fair review of the available data, including the additional test results that (Eramet Marietta) has agreed to provide, and that it will still allow EPA sufficient time to review all comments and finalize the rule pursuant to the schedule imposed by the court," she said.