Essroc Cement to pay penalty and invest 33 million in upgrades
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Essroc Cement Company has agreed to pay a $1.7 million penalty and invest approximately $33 million in pollution control technology to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at six of its Portland Cement manufacturing plants. The settlement will protect Americans’ health by reducing more than 7,000 tons of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution each year that can lead to childhood asthma, acid rain, and smog. Essroc has also agreed to spend $745,000 to mitigate the effects of past excess emissions from its facilities.
Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the DOJ said, “This will bring Essroc into compliance with the nation’s Clean Air Act and marks significant progress in addressing the nation’s largest sources of air pollution.”
Under the settlement, Essroc will install state of the art pollution control technology to control SO2 and NOx at five of its plants and demonstrate a selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) at two long wet kilns in its Logansport, Indiana plant. If successful, this will be the first SCR used on long wet kilns anywhere in the world. Essroc will also permanently retire its sixth plant, located in Bessemer, Pennsylvania. This plant is currently out of operation and its permanent retirement will ensure that the facility does not restart without proper permitting under the CAA.