Titan America applies for air quality permit

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Two public hearings have been scheduled in October by the NC Division of Air Quality in regards to a draft air quality permit for the proposed cement plant in New Hanover County.

Titan America has applied for an air quality permit so they can open a plant in Castle Hayne.  The project must still receive environmental permits not related to air quality from other state and federal agencies.

Click here to read the draft permit online.

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 toxic's.

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.

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 will end Oct. 30, and DAQ will accept written comments postmarked by that date.

More information about other air quality issues can be found at the DAQ Web site, www.ncair.org.

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