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Oklahoma City Council sets vote on 'booms' regulations for scrap yards

Efforts to regulate booms that rattle neighbors north of E Reno Avenue advanced Tuesday after the Oklahoma City Council heard from scrap-yard representatives who asked for an opportunity to collaborate on the rules.
by William Crum Published: February 12, 2014
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Efforts to regulate booms that rattle neighbors north of E Reno Avenue advanced Tuesday after the Oklahoma City Council heard from scrap-yard representatives who asked for an opportunity to collaborate on the rules.

The council took comments at a public hearing on a fire code update.

The proposed rules would extend Oklahoma City's authority to regulate car crushing and metal processing operations that produce random, loud explosions. Fire officials believe the car-crushing operations create dust that can explode.

David Pardue, an attorney for Derichebourg metal recycling, argued for changes in proposals regarding reporting of explosions, operating hours and appeals when citations are issued.

Derichebourg has invested $12 million to $15 million in its plant over the past seven years, and built a wall out of shipping containers to further separate it from neighbors, Pardue said.

The company destroys seized guns for federal and local law enforcement agencies, including Oklahoma City, he said.

Staci Minchen, manager of finance and corporate affairs for Standard Iron & Metal, said her company has been in the same location in the 1500 block of E Reno for 60 years.

Metal recycling nationally accounts for 460,000 jobs and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Minchen said.

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by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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