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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)

Page 250

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.,
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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