Axios | February 18, 2018 8:30am | The first of three new mills will open at a site in Pennsylvania that could help produce asbestos fibers for use in the building industry, and it could take about two years to build the structure.
AstraZeneca is planning to build a mill in a former steel mill in Northumberland County in the state’s southern Pennsylvania, according to an email obtained by Axios.
The project is one of the largest projects in the country to develop the technology needed to manufacture the fibers for insulation and construction, which have been used in some products including insulation for roofing and exterior finishes.
The site has not been named, and the company is waiting to hear more about the facility before deciding on an opening date, Axios has learned.
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which owns the land, declined to comment.
The mill could be the first of two new plants to be built at the former Steel Mill site, which was built in 1901 to make sheetrock for the U.S. Army’s Army Corps of Engineers.
The mill was later demolished, but the building’s steel frames and foundation were preserved and are now being reused.
“This mill will provide the foundation for the next generation of mills in the region,” said Peter Schmitz, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Penn State University.
The first mill at the site was built to make asbestos fibers.
The Pennsylvania Department on Wednesday approved a permit for a second mill, which could be in a couple of years, and plans to announce its opening date later this year.
A state regulatory commission in the U, which regulates the construction industry, had approved the project.
The company that operates the mill has said the mill will have no impact on the environment.
The company that is building the mill is TerraTech, which is based in San Francisco.
TerraTech said it has completed extensive work on the project, and expects to complete the first phase by early 2019.
The project has raised eyebrows because the steel mill was demolished in the 1950s, when the asbestos mill was still operating.
But a 2012 report by the U and Pennsylvania environmental commissions found the mill’s concrete flooring and concrete floors and walls were still in use in some parts of the mill.
The building will be built in a retired steel mill, and its former owners will lease it to a private developer, the Associated Press reported in 2016.
TerraTerraTech said in a statement that the Pennsylvania environmental commission is reviewing the permit.
The AP reported that the new mill could also help make asbestos for use on asbestos-resistant insulation for use by buildings.
The Associated Press was not able to reach TerraTech for comment.