On Monday, 30 March, local area residents will be able to comment on Holcim’s plan to build a 4.4Mt cement plant in Ste Genevieve County. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold public hearings on the draft form of the company’s air pollution permit in St Louis and Ste Genevieve. When granted, the permit would enable Holcim to build its cement manufacturing works, quarry and coal preparation site on the bank of the Mississippi River.
Holcim sources commented that the plant would be equipped with the best available control technology to combat air pollution. Dust will be actively abated by providing for covered raw material storage areas, bag filters and other dust control measures. The plant’s multistage combustion is to reduce the formation of ozone-causing nitrogen oxide emissions and sulphur dioxide will be minimised through the use of low-sulphur raw materials and appropriate technology.