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Public hearing scheduled for Aug. 5 on Revised Air Permit for Titan Plant

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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The N.C. Division of Air Quality has scheduled a public hearing in August on a revised air quality permit for a proposed cement manufacturing plant in New Hanover County.

Titan America/Carolinas Cement Co. has applied to modify its permit to operate a Portland cement manufacturing plant at 6411 Ideal Cement Road in Castle Hayne. The state Division of Air Quality has prepared a revised draft permit that sets limits for all applicable air quality standards for the proposed facility.

The division has scheduled a public hearing on the permit for 6-10 p.m. Aug. 5 in Kenan Auditorium at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 601 South College Road, Wilmington.

The public hearing will provide an opportunity for citizens to comment on draft air permit revisions for the proposed cement plant. People who wish to speak at the hearing should plan to limit their time to three minutes or less. The hearing officer will have the discretion to further limit speaking times, if necessary, to accommodate the number of speakers and time constraints.

The Division of Air Quality also will accept written comments emailed or postmarked no later than Aug. 9. All written comments should be emailed to the hearing officer, Steve Hall, at steve.hall@ncdenr.gov, or mailed to the following address: Steve Hall, N.C. Division of Air Quality, DENR Raleigh Regional Office, 3800 Barrett Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609.

The Division of Air Quality initially issued an air permit for the proposed cement plant in February 2012, after conducting three public hearings and reviewing thousands of public comments during the previous two years. Titan has submitted an application to extend authorization to construct for an additional 18 months because the company is not ready to start building the facility.

The application also seeks to review the permit’s limits for particulate emissions to make them consistent with recent changes in federal regulations dealing with cement plants. Under the draft permit, Titan would be allowed to increase its annual emissions of fine particles (PM 2.5) by 22 tons/year and coarse particles (PM 10) by 10 tons/year.

The draft Titan America/Carolinas Cement air permit can be viewed at this page on the division’s website, http://www.ncair.org/cgi-bin/perm_draftrev.cgi , and further information about the facility can be found at this page, http://daq.state.nc.us/permits/psd/titan.shtml.

More information about air quality issues can be found at the Division of Air Quality’s website: www.ncair.org

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