WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Carolinas Cement has filed for an extension with the state, in part because of opposition to the company's plans to build a cement plant in the Castle Hayne area of New Hanover County. The company, which is a subsidiary of Titan America, has been working on the project since at least 2008.
State regulations say construction of air pollution emissions sources and air control pollution devices must begin within 18 months after certain air quality permits are granted. Opposition to the local project has apparently kept the construction from starting. In a letter to the Division of Air Quality at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, company officials say that in the two months after February 29, 2012, when the DAQ issued the permit for the project, "the terms and conditions of the permit, the designation of air control equipment, and the very issuance of the permit have been the subject of on-going litigation".
Carolinas Cement officials also say they "expect an Administrative Law judge to decide the case within the next nine months. Once the Permit is no longer under review, Carolinas Cement plans to move expeditiously toward commencing construction of the Facility."
According to Bob Odom, Carolinas Cement General Manager, the company must still obtain a local building permit before construction can begin. It is likely Carolinas Cement will also have to receive a Special Use Permit for the project as well.
The company is also making modifications to its permit application with DWQ, in order to comply with new standards put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency since Carolinas Cement's permit was awarded. State officials this is not the first time such a request and modification has been submitted to the Division of Air Quality. They did not specify how long it would be until a decision is reached on the extension and modification applications.
Click here to read Carolinas Cement's letter and documentation sent to the state in April.