Crowd Expected at EPA Hearing on New Rules for Cement Kilns

Date: June 9, 2009

Source: News Room

Environmentalists and public health officials plan to attend an EPA hearing in Washington on June 18 to address a new federal proposal to cut air pollution from cement kilns. The proposed standards also would set emission limits for total hydrocarbons, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide from cement kilns of all sizes, and would reduce hydrochloric acid emissions from kilns that are large emitters. The majority of the toxic emissions at cement kilns come from the burning of fuels and heating of raw materials. When fully implemented in 2013, the agency hopes to reduce annual emissions of mercury by 11,600 lbs., an 81% reduction, hydrocarbons by 11,700 tons, an 75% reduction, and particulate matter, hydrochloric acid and sulfur dioxide all by 90% or more.

The U.S. EPA is holding three public hearings on the proposed federal standards, including the June 18 hearing in Washington. The hearing will be held from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Potomac Yard Conference Center at 2777 South Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA.

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