The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection has set the date of
Thursday September 24th from 5 pm—7 pm
at The Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Avenue in Spring Hill
Be there! Speak to the permitting staff! Submit written comments at this open house
on the Proposed Permit for the CEMEX Brooksville South Coal Burning Cement Plant
If you cannot attend in person, join us online from 6pm-7pm tonite.
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The official notice from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FL- DEP) reads: The purpose of the meeting is to accept comments regarding the draft/proposed Title V Air Operation Permit for the CEMEX Brooksville South Cement Plant located at 10311 Cement Plant Road in Brooksville. The meeting will be conducted in an open house forum to give interested parties an opportunity to discuss the permit revision and process, new regulations and compliance matters with appropriate Department staff and provide written comments. Interested parties are welcome to participate anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Mark your calendar now and plan to attend. Be prepared to ask questions. Submit written comments.
- Why is FL-DEP allowing CEMEX to use an obsolete coal-burning plant that has been cited 19 times since 2002 for air emissions that violate air quality standards? Coal plants threaten our health as the top source of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide plus pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and mercury emissions.
- Why is FL-DEP allowing CEMEX to use a biomass plant when they produce nearly 50% more carbon dioxide than coal-burning plants and more than twice as much nitrogen oxide, soot, carbon monoxide and volatile organic matter?
- Why did it take FL-DEP two years to enter a consent order for the violation in 2013 that resulted in a small fine for failure to report and 80 hours of continuous emissions that violated air quality standards for mercury?
- What efforts have been undertaken to protect citizen health and clean up emissions from these past violations and what will be done in the future to protect us from CEMEX’s mercury, carbon dioxide and other pollutants?
- Prior to issuing a new permit, will the state require that CEMEX identify what improved technology they will implement to meet the new more stringent standards? We have no confidence in this old obsolete plant.
- Even if CEMEX upgrades their monitoring to a new continuous emissions monitoring equipment, what will insure that this will prevent future violations if the old coal burning plant is still allowed to operate?
Learn more at http://appprod.dep.state.fl.us/air/emission/apds/default.asp. and on this website. Go to the section entitled “What’s the problem” on this website for CEMEX’s total emissions in 2014, fines paid by CEMEX in the past 5 years, and a 5-year record of tons of emissions from the CEMEX Cement Plant.
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