Demolition of coke battery stacks in Pueblo

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PUEBLO, Colo — On Saturday, August 24, three coke battery stacks were demolished.

The stacks were once part of Colorado Fuel and Iron steel making infrastructure.

The demolition of the 300-foot stacks, two steel stacks and one concrete and brick chimney, began at 8 A.M.

Controlled Demolition Inc., an internationally known, highly-experienced demolition contractor, was part of the plan and execute the demolition.

In the coming weeks, the steel stacks will be cut up and the old steel from the two steel stacks and the concrete rebar from the chimney will be recycled at EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel, according to Patrick Waldron, the Director of Communications of EVRAZ North America.

Concrete debris will be removed from the property for disposal in an approved landfill facility, said Waldron.

The three stacks were demolished Saturday morning as part of ongoing site preparations for a proposed new rail mill on the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel mill property, according to Waldron.

The projected project cost is $480 million dollars. The mill project is in the engineering phase which will last through the rest of the year, which means construction potentially in 2020 and 2021, according to Waldron. The proposal includes making the mill solar powered. It will produce rail to make railroad tracks used by freight and passenger railroads. 

The stacks were built in the 1940s as part of the infrastructure used in coke production when Pueblo’s steel mill used blast furnaces. The stacks have not been used since the late 1970s when the steel mill moved to an electric arc furnace, which produces steel by recycling scrap.

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