Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)
Brown, Brinton C.
Cement, pp. 247-287 ff. PDF (4.5 MB)
250 MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972 variances for the following plants: San Juan Bautista, Calif., from the San Benito County Air Pollution Hearing Board; Ada, Okia., from the Oklahoma Air Pollution Control Division; Portland, Cob.; Devils Slide, Utah; and Trident, Mont. The illinois Pollution Control Board granted a variance to Marquette Cement Manufacturing Co. for its Oglesby, Ill., plant. The Arizona Air Pollution Control Hearing Board granted a 1-year extension to Arizona Portland Cement Co. to operate its Rillito, Ariz., plant under a variance. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency extended its deadline to July 1974 for Universal Atlas Cement Division of United States Steel Corp. to meet State standards. Some companies failing to meet standards were cited. The South Carolina Pollution. Control Authority issued orders against Santee Portland Cement Co. and Giant Portland Cement Co., located near Holly Hill, S.C. which require the firms to meet all State air quality standards by March 30, 1974. The Michigan Air Pollution Control Commission issued an order to the Huron Cement Div. of National Gypsum Co. setting forth a compliance schedule for elimination of dust emissions from kilns at the company's Alpena, Mich., plant. The order was complied with on four kilns, but the -company determined that it was not economical to install collectors for the remaining 12 kilns where dust elimination was required. Other companies were defendants in legal actions. In a Consent Judgment settling legal proceedings instituted against the American Cement Corp. at its Detroit, Mi-ch. plant by the City of Detroit and Wayne County, the company spent $350,000 on pollution control facilities. Completion of air pollution abatement projects at the General Portland Inc. plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., not only alleviated legal pressure but the company was recognized by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Board as one of four companies that have met 1974 regulations 2 years ahead of schedule. Legal actions against General Portland in Tampa, Fla., by the State were settled. When construction is completed by mid-1973, the Tampa plant should be in compliance with all regulations and the litigation instituted by the county should -be resolved. While Nevada Cement Co. and its parent firm, Centex -Corp., Dallas, Tex., have appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court to reverse a distri-ct court's decision awarding $1,865,298 to 85 residents in Fernley, Nev., a second suit was filed on March 6, 1972. This suit was filed by 9 individuals in the District Court of Lyons County purportedly as a class action alleged to include some 2,000 persons seeking nearly $43 million. In November, Harris County, Tex., as plaintiff, brought suit against Ideal Cement Co., alleging that at its Galena Park cement plant operations, wastes were discharged into waters of the State of Texas in contravention of its waste discharge permit and of orders, rules, and regulations of the Texas Water Quality Board. Representatives of the Midcoastal Sportsmen's Club and the National Audubon Society filed protests against an application by Lone Star Industries Inc. for additional permits to dredge oyster shells at several new locations in San Antonio Bay. Only conditional permits were -being issued while awaiting results of a study being conducted by Texas A&M University in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The study was ordered by the Corps of Engineers because of protests in past years over possible damage to the environment resulting from shell dredging in Texas -coastal waters. Keystone Portland Cement Co. was helping maintain a regular flow in Monocacy Creek by pumping water into it from its Bath, Pa., quarry. Sections of the creek in Northampton County had been dry and the quality of the quarry water is good so it posed no danger to aquatic life. National Portland -Cement Co. filed a permanent plan to treat the effluent from the wet scrubber system at its Brodhead, Pa., plant to assure that water will not harm aquatic life in Monoca-cy Creek. The -company plans to donate $10,000 to the State of Pennsylvania for the improvement of streams. At its Permanente, Calif. operation Kaiser Cement & Gypsum Corp. granted the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors an easement deed guaranteeing preservation of Permanente Ridge against quarrying below the 1500-foot level to maintain the scenic backdrop for -county residents. The company retained a landscape architectural firm to develop a program of revegetation for sections of the quarry in which mining was completed. The 5-year
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