Freeport, Texas - A review of BASF's emissions performance or Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data at its site in Freeport, Texas, has shown a 14-percent reduction in emissions since 2007 and a reduction of 90 percent since 2000, the company said recently.
The review, conducted with the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), reported that air emissions decreased by 5 percent over the previous year and water levels were maintained at the same low levels as in 2007 (a reduction of 58 percent compared to 2006), mainly because of improvements in the operation of the site's nitrate recovery plant, BASF said.
The nitric acid recovery process allows nitrates to be recovered from by-product streams and converted to nitric acid that is sold or reused, the statement said. The recovery process reduces water consumption, eliminates waste and generates annual cost savings in excess of $1 million, BASF added.
"BASF will continue to be proactive in using the latest technology and necessary resources to further improve our site's environmental performance," said BASF general manager of the Freeport site, Art Colwell. He attributed the improvements to the commitment of the BASF employees. (RD)