Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Siemens Carbon Regeneration Facility
(formerly US Filter Westates)
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Siemens Industries, Inc., formerly known as US Filter Westates, is a carbon regeneration facility located on the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Reservation near Parker, AZ. Siemens treats spent carbon in a regeneration furnace to purify it and make it a salable product. Siemens receives over 5,000 tons of spent carbon from 30 - 35 states across the United States. About 15% of this spent carbon is considered hazardous waste and is regulated by US EPA.
Siemens Regulatory History
The US EPA is responsible under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for permitting facilities that manage RCRA-regulated hazardous wastes on tribal lands. US EPA first began regulating carbon regeneration furnaces in 1991. Several facilities were already operating or had begun construction on carbon regeneration furnaces, including Siemens (then known as US Filter Westates). These existing facilities were granted “interim status” to operate under the hazardous waste provisions of RCRA subtitle C, while applying for a final RCRA hazardous waste permit. Siemens was granted interim status in 1992, requiring them to comply with EPA regulations to operate safely.
Siemens submitted their original permit application in 1995. US EPA reviewed their permit application, issued comments and requested additional information. Siemens submitted a revised application in February 2003, with US EPA responding with additional comments and requesting additional information in 2005. Siemens responded to the US EPA comments and resubmitted the revised application in 2007. CRIT, the landowner, signed as co-applicant on the permit application on December 14, 2009. This restarted the permit application review, which had been on standby until the CRIT signature was received.
US EPA submitted comments on the Part B application to the Siemens facility in September 2011, and comments on the Closure Plans and the Financial Assurance mechanism in December 2011. Siemens revised the Part B application to incorporate both sets of US EPA’s comments, and submitted the revised Part B to US EPA on April 26th, 2012.
After US EPA staff reviews the revised permit application, the Agency will determine if the permit application is complete and technically adequate. EPA will then make a proposed decision on whether to deny or grant the permit and open a 45 day Public Comment Period. Since less than 15% of the spent carbon coming into Siemens is considered RCRA hazardous waste, Siemens can still continue to operate and regenerate the 85% non-hazardous carbon even if US EPA denies their RCRA permit.
US EPA would like to hear from you throughout the review of Siemens' permit application. EPA will hold a public meeting in Parker leading up to the draft permit decision. At this public meeting, EPA will provide information about Siemens and respond to community questions and concerns. EPA will also schedule a formal public hearing when the agency issues a public notice detailing the draft permit decision.
Siemens Part B Application Dated April 30, 2012
- Siemens, RCRA Permit Application Table of Contents, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 35K)
- Response to Request for Information and Comments, Dated 4/2012 (PDF) (70 pp, 203K)
- Part B, Carbon Reactivation Facility RCRA Permit Application Cover, Rev.1 (PDF) (1 pp, 31K)
- Part B, List of Drawings for Part A and Part B Submittal, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 21K)
- Section A, Part A Discussion, Rev.1 (PDF) (4 pp, 20.5K)
- Section B, Facility Description, Rev.1 (PDF) (13 pp, 156K)
- Section C, Spent Carbon Characteristics, Rev.1 (PDF) (29 pp, 122K)
- Section D, Process Information, Rev.1 (PDF) (32 pp, 124K)
- Section E, Groundwater, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 19K)
- Section F, Procedures to Prevent Hazards, Rev.1 (PDF) (17 pp, 54K)
- Section G, Contingency Plan, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 19K)
- Section H, Personnel Training Program, Rev.1 (PDF) (16 pp, 53K)
- Section I, Closure Plan, Cost Estimate and Financial Assurance, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 21K)
- Section J, SWMUs, HWMUs, and AOCs, Rev.1 (PDF) (25 pp, 426K)
- Section K, Other Federal Laws, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 19K)
- Section L, Certification, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 47K)
- Section M, Subpart AA Process Vents, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 19K)
- Section N, Subpart BB Equipment Leaks, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 25K)
- Section O, Subpart CC Air Emissions Standards, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 31K)
- Section P, Exposure Information, Rev.1 (PDF) (3 pp, 36K)
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- Appendix I, RCRA Part A Permit Application, Rev.1 (PDF) (79 pp, 2.71M)
- Appendix II, Topographic Maps, Rev.1 (PDF) (9 pp, 1.73M)
- Appendix III, Site Diagrams, Rev.1 (PDF) (13 pp, 466K)
- Appendix IV, Waste Analysis Plan, Rev.1 (PDF) (34 pp, 432K)
- Appendix V, Carbon Reactivation Furnace Performance Demonstration Test Report (PDF) (1 pp, 1.1M)
—Also see the Air Emissions page
- Appendix VI, Process Flow Diagrams and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams, Rev.1 (PDF) (19 pp, 799K)
- Appendix VII, Container Storage Area Concrete Pad Engineering Evaluation, Rev.1 (PDF) (8 pp, 438K)
- Appendix VIII, Spent Container Specs, Rev.2 (PDF) (19 pp, 2.3M)
- Appendix IX, Tank Assessment, Rev.1 (PDF) (230 pp, 21M, Large File)
- Appendix X, RF-2 Equipment Drawings, Rev.1 (PDF) (49 pp, 1.8M)
- Appendix XI, HHRA Risk Assessment Report, Rev.1 (PDF) (676 pp, 29M, Large File)
- Appendix XII, Inspection Schedule and Checklists (PDF) (7 pp, 33K)
- Appendix XIII, Contingency Plan, Rev.1 (PDF) (78 pp, 566K)
- Appendix XIV, Training, Rev.1 (PDF) (6 pp, 39K)
- Appendix XV, RCRA Facility Closure Plan, Rev.3 (PDF) (75 pp, 484K)
- Appendix XVI, RF1 Unit Closure Plan (PDF), Rev.6 (69 pp, 463K)
- Appendix XVII, Closure Sampling, Analysis and QA Plan, Rev.2 (PDF) (86 pp, 348K)
- Appendix XVIII, Financial Assurance Instrument, Rev.1 (PDF) (2 pp, 126K)
- Appendix XIX, Subpart BB Compliance Plan, Rev.1 (PDF) (11 pp, 59K)
- Appendix XX, Subpart CC Compliance Plan, Complete (PDF) (580 pp, 6.9M, Large File)
- Appendix XXI, Records Retention, Rev.1 Complete (PDF) (6 pp, 31K)
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