Clean Harbors’ Arkansas incinerator completes expansion

Alan McKim, chairman and CEO of Clean Harbors, tours the recently expanded hazardous waste incinerator facility in El Dorado, Arkansas, Dec. 6, 2016. (Gareth Patterson/AP Images for Clean Harbors)

Norwell, Massachusetts-based Clean Harbors’ El Dorado, Arkansas, incineration facility has completed its $120 million expansion, adding a third incinerator and 120 new jobs to southern Arkansas.

Clean Harbors El Dorado is designed to be North America’s most technologically advanced hazardous waste incinerator. Employing air emissions control technology that is designed to meet the most stringent air emissions standards under the Federal Clean Air Act, the company says it is the first commercial hazardous waste incinerator to come online in the U.S. in nearly 20 years.

The expansion adds a third incinerator to the 370-acre facility, which specializes in high-temperature destruction of hazardous and nonhazardous materials. The advanced new equipment nearly doubles the facility’s capacity from 90,000 tons of material annually to 160,000 tons.

The expansion was formally unveiled to state and local officials and business leaders Dec. 6, 2016. It is the largest single capital infusion to a facility in the 36-year history of Clean Harbors. The project took two years to permit and two years to build.

The facility specializes in high-temperature incineration of regulated waste materials, such as industrial and laboratory chemicals, manufacturing byproducts, medical waste, fertilizers and other solid and liquid materials.

With the expansion, Clean Harbors El Dorado will employ 375 people, including engineers, maintenance mechanics, welders, pipe fitters, hydraulics operators, drivers and industrial service technicians.

Clean Harbors El Dorado has been recertified for four consecutive years as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Site, the U.S. Department of Labor’s highest certification level.