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Air quality permit issued to Carolinas Cement

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Carolinas Cement Company’s plans to construct a cement plant in Castle Hayne are underway after the Division of Air Quality of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) issued an air quality permit to its parent company, Titan America LLC. The air quality permit covers all the new EPA federal regulations for Portland cement plants.

The NCDENR issued the permit after a four year technical review. In order to establish whether the plant would satisfy North Carolina’s air quality regulations and standards, the department tested the concentrations of regulated emissions at the parameters of the plant and throughout the local area. Public meetings were held to ensure that concerns and comments from the local community were addressed.

Dan Crowley, Titan America’s Vice President of Corporate Engineering, said “These laws and regulations governing industrial emissions are among the strictest in the world. The issuance of our air quality permit is only a first step. After the plant begins operating we will be subject to unannounced audits by State and Federal regulators as well as internal compliance audits to ensure our emissions are consistently within permitted limits.”

Carolinas Cement Company now plans to complete the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is needed to obtain wetlands permits. In order to complete the EIS, an independent third party will evaluate the impact the plant could have upon local wildlife and the community. At the same time, Titan America will begin designing and engineering the plant in line with the regulations set out by the air quality permit. Construction is estimated to take two years.

The company expects the plant’s fiscal impact on New Hanover County to reach more than US$120 million pa. The plant will provide 161 permanent jobs and around 1000 temporary construction jobs.

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