HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Hagerstown cement plant targeted by federal regulators for alleged air pollution says it’s been trying for nearly three years to get a state permit for its increased sulfur dioxide emissions.


An attorney for the Holcim cement plant and previous owner St. Lawrence Cement said Tuesday that the company is awaiting a response from the Maryland Department of the Environment to its 2008 permit application.


A department spokesman tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown newspaper that the application is incomplete.


The company lawyer acknowledges that the plant’s sulfur dioxide emissions increased in 2003 after it started firing a cement kiln with old tires to reduce emissions of another pollutant, nitrogen oxide.


The EPA alleges the plant is illegally emitting more than 100 tons a year of pollutants including sulfur dioxide.



(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Comments (3)
  1. Sean says:

    I wonder if the author of this story has ever seen a cement plant” They have long inclined rotary kilns for processing the clay and limestone into cement. The picture chosen does not appear to be a cement plat at all and the black smoke looks photo-shopped in. If you use a picture in a news story, is it too much to ask that it is an actual picture of a cement plant without editing?

  2. Jeff says:

    The companies not denying that their releasing 100+ tons of pollutants a year, they just want a permit to do it. Makes perfect sense.

  3. Gene says:

    While I do feel the EPA has held this country back for decades, one look at the US steel industry will show you that, I feel zero simpathy for this plant and it’s owners. Do you think I could legaly drive my vehicle for three years with out passing a state emmissions test?

    Food for thought

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