Waelz Sustainable Products (WSP) has proposed a new plant in Logansport, Indiana, that will process waste from steel mills to make zinc and iron products.
Good News! Friday, August 21, 2020, the Cass County Council voted not to approve tax incentives for the WSP plant, but to send them back to the Redevelopment Commission for renegotiation. This is an opportunity for Cass County Citizens Coalition to negotiate for lower air emissions and better air monitoring.
The Waelz process, first invented in 1888, involves mixing electric arc furnace dust with a carbon source, like coal or petroleum coke, and heating it in kilns to between 1000o and 1500o Celsius. Zinc oxide is captured out of the fumes and referred to as Waelz zinc oxide or WZO. The residual solid material is high in iron and can be sold as Waelz iron product or WIP.
In Logansport, WSP is proposing to build a facility with two Waelz kilns on the property at 3440 W 300 S, Logansport, IN 46947, about 3 miles from downtown Logansport . There is strong opposition in Cass County including from the Cass County Citizens Coalition.