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Drake’s air pollution permit revision sent to EPA

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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has submitted a proposed revision to Drake Cement’s Air Quality Permit to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for review.

Drake Cement applied for the revised permit in order to increase in permitted clinker production rate by 10% and removed a short-term clinker production rate limit. The revised permit would allow the company to raise production to 0.726 million t from the current limit of 0.66 million t.

The company’s annual production rate was 0.439 million t in 2014 and 0.423 million t in 2015.

The EPA submission follows a period of public consultation on the plans.

After the EPA's 45 day review period, if the agency has comments on the proposed permit, the ADEQ will address those comments, make changes to the documents, if required, and issue the final permit, the ADEQ explained to World Cement. If there are no comments, the ADEQ will still reissue the permit as a final permit.

Located near the town of Paulden, north of Phoenix in Arizona, Drake Cement began full-scale operations in early 2011. The plant includes a six-stage precalciner/preheater and advanced operating and pollution controls, according to the company website.

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