St Marys Cement clean-air violations

St  Marys Cement clean-air violations
Published: 27 May 2005

US Environmental Protection  Agency Region 5 has cited St Marys Cement Inc (the Dixon Plant)  for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s portland cement  plant at 1914 White Oak Lane, Dixon, Ill. EPA alleges that the Dixon Plant modified its cement kilns without  getting a state permit that would require controls to prevent deterioration  of air quality. In addition, EPA alleges the plant violated state nitrogen oxide  emissions rules by operating one of its kilns without installing  control technology and by failing to meet emissions testing, monitoring  and recordkeeping requirements. EPA also alleges that the Dixon Plant exceeded federal dioxin  and furan emission limits at all of its kilns by not maintaining  temperature limits needed to control emissions.

These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them,  EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty  or bring suit against the company. The company has 30 days from  receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the  allegations.