EPA Gives Cement Producers a Break
Cement kilns nationwide will have an extra two years – until Sept. 9, 2015 – to comply with an EPA emissions regulation, if a new proposal passes.
A reprieve is in the works for cement kiln operators from the Environmental Protection Agency, extending the deadline to comply with a 2010 clean air regulation, as well as increasing limits for soot particle emissions.
The proposed regulatory change, announced on June 25, would extend the 2010 rule's compliance date for the cement-plant standards by two years, to Sept. 9, 2015.
The proposal would raise the allowable emissions levels of particulates – or soot – and change the method kiln owners use to measure those emissions. The 2010 regulation's limits for mercury, hydrocarbons and hydrogen chloride would not be altered.
The Portland Cement Association (PCA) praised EPA’s action. PCA head Brian McCarthy said the proposed revisions “are a win for the nation’s economy, the environment and cement manufacturers.”
The cement-producing industry “has been hit hard by the recession,” McCarthy said, and the extension “is essential to each cement plant’s ability to complete any planning, engineering and construction that may be necessary to comply with the standards.”