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Release: Immediate
Date: September 11, 2009
Contact: Tom Mather (919) 715-7408
Distribution: Statewide                    


PUBLIC HEARINGS SET ON DRAFT AIR PERMIT FOR PROPOSED CEMENT PLANT

RALEIGH - The N.C. Division of Air Quality has scheduled two public hearings for Oct. 20 on a draft air quality permit for a proposed cement manufacturing plant in New Hanover County.

Titan America/Carolinas Cement Co. LLC has applied for an air quality permit to construct and operate a Portland cement manufacturing plant at 6411 Ideal Cement Road in Castle Hayne. The Division of Air Quality has prepared a draft permit that sets limits for all applicable air quality standards for the proposed facility. In addition, the project still must receive environmental permits not related to air quality from other state and federal agencies.

The public hearings are scheduled for 2-5 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 20 at Cape Fear Community College, North Campus, BB&T Auditorium, McKeithan Center, 4500 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne. Individuals may register to speak at one of the hearings and/or submit written comments. Due to time constraints, speakers will be limited to 3 minutes each. The comment period has been extended to Nov. 20, and DAQ will accept written comment postmarked by that date.

People attending the afternoon hearing should park only in non-numbered parking spaces at Cape Fear Community College. They also should display a parking pass in their windshield, which they can obtain at the hearing.

If approved and constructed, the facility would be the only cement manufacturing plant in North Carolina. Ideal Cement Co. previously operated a cement plant at the proposed site until it closed in 1982.

Under the draft air permit, Carolinas Cement must demonstrate that it can comply with state and federal rules for controlling carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, visible emissions, volatile organic compounds, mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. The plant must use state-of-the-art air pollution control devices, including bag filters, a selective non-catalytic reduction system and lime injection. Other permit conditions require the facility operators to:

  • Monitor and inspect air pollution control equipment on a set schedule;
  • Conduct periodic stack testing of emissions from the kiln system;
  • Operate continuous emission monitors for carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, total hydrocarbons and visible emissions; and
  • Comply with state limits on air toxics.

The draft permit may be viewed online at http://daq.state.nc.us/permits/psd/titan.shtml or at the following locations: DAQ Wilmington Regional Office, 127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington, (910) 796-7215; and the DAQ Central Office, Permits Section, Parker Lincoln Building, 2728 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, at (919) 715-6255.

The hearing is for a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit. The PSD process ensures that the construction and operation of new major sources will not significantly degrade air quality.

By law, the DAQ must review permits for compliance with air quality regulations. The division has no authority over zoning, land use or where a company decides to locate a facility. Local governments are responsible for regulating land use. More information about other air quality issues can be found at the DAQ Web site, www.ncair.org.

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N.C. Division of Air Quality
B. Keith Overcash, Director
1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1641
Tom Mather, Public Information Officer
(919)715-7408, FAX (919)715-7175
tom.mather@ncdenr.gov

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