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09.22.2006

Befesa Salt Slags, the first Befesa company to obtain the Integrated Environmental Authorization

From July 31, 2006, the Environment Agency of England and Wales has authorized Befesa Salt Slags to operate under an Integrated Environmental Authorization as established by the European Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC).

This new authorization includes a detailed description of all the operational processes to ensure the facility continues to operate with the best technologies available while also reducing the consumption of non-renewable resources and environmental contamination.

Befesa Salt Slags thereby consolidates its position as the only facility in the United Kingdom authorized to treat the salt slags from the secondary aluminum production process and manage aluminum wastes and other metallic residues. In addition, the effort made in recent years to achieve the reutilization of generated products, metal aluminum, flux salts, aluminum oxide has been recognized. This had led to a reduction of non-renewable resources in other industrial sectors (aluminum casting, cement production, ceramics industry, etc).

Befesa Salt Slags establishes the bases for developing, in the near future, management alternatives for other wastes generated by the primary and secondary aluminum industry such as, for example, filter powders, used electrolysis cells, refractory materials, etc.

Befesa Salt Slags, based in Whitchurch-Shropshire (UK), was established in 1998 to treat and manage salt slags from the secondary aluminum production process. It currently treats approximately 65,000 tons per year of this hazardous waste and, in the process, generates around 3,500 tons of aluminum, 15,000 tons of salt, with the remainder being aluminum oxide for the ceramics and cement industries. In addition, it manages aluminum waste and other metallic residues.