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RULE §106.322Furnaces To Reclaim Aluminum or Copper

Dry hearth reverberatory type holding chamber aluminum or copper metal reclamation/sweat furnaces in which no fluxing, degassing, or refining is conducted, which operate according to the following conditions and limitations of this section are permitted by rule.

  (1) Scrap metal charges shall consist primarily of copper or aluminum metal. Operation of the furnace for reclamation or lead, tin, zinc, or magnesium metals is prohibited.

  (2) The maximum furnace charging rate shall be 2,000 pounds per hour or less.

  (3) The furnace charge door shall remain closed except during charging and furnace cleaning operations.

  (4) The furnace shall be equipped with an afterburner which will provide a minimum retention time of 0.1 second at a minimum temperature of 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit for all furnace exhaust gases.

  (5) The incineration of any insulated wire or cable containing chlorine compounds in the insulation, such as polyvinyl chloride insulation, is expressly prohibited.

  (6) The owner or operator of the furnace shall initiate and maintain a program of furnace operator training in the recognition of chlorine-bearing wire or cable insulation and shall demonstrate, upon request by the executive director, acceptable proficiency in the recognition of chlorine-bearing wire or cable insulation such as polyvinyl chloride insulation.

  (7) Fuel for the furnace shall be sweet natural gas as defined in Chapter 101 of this title (relating to General Air Quality Rules) or liquid petroleum gas, diesel, or Number 2 fuel oil.

  (8) Before construction begins, the facility shall be registered with the commission's Office of Permitting, Remediation, and Registration in Austin using Form PI-7.

Source Note: The provisions of this §106.322 adopted to be effective March 14, 1997, 22 TexReg 2439; amended to be effective September 4, 2000, 25 TexReg 8653

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