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Nevada Cement agrees emissions control upgrade

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Nevada Cement has reached an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to install new air pollution control equipment at its Fernley plant in Nevada, US. The company will also replace a heavy-duty diesel truck and a diesel railcar mover with cleaner emissions vehicles.

The upgrade to the Fernley plant’s air pollution control equipment will reduce NOX emissions by about 1140 short tpy.

The agreement resolves a complaint filed in federal court by the US Department of Justice on behalf of the US, which claimed Nevada Cement had made “major modifications to its plant that led to significant increased emissions of NOX, without first obtaining a permit required by the Clean Air Act and without installing necessary pollution control equipment,” the EPA said in a press release.

The cement maker also agreed to pay a US$550 000 civil penalty. The agreement is subject to public comment and approval by the federal court.

According to the Nevada Cement website, the Fernley plant has a production capacity of 0.5 million tpy of clinker and 0.56 million tpy of cement. The plant is located around 50 km east of Reno in northern Nevada and supplies the northern Nevada and northern Californian market.

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