Lime plant agrees to pay fine to ADEM

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Carmeuse Lime & Stone which operates a facility at Saginaw (formerly Dravo Lime Inc.) has agreed to a proposed consent order by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to pay a fine and obey other terms of the order without admitting liability.

According to the order, the violation consisted of failure to comply with a particulate emissions standard set by ADEM.

In addition, the company failed to comply with reporting standards.

Ron Gore, head of the air division of ADEM, confirmed the agreement between the company and ADEM.

He also confirmed that in March the company agreed to pay a $75,000 fine and paid a $50,000 fine for a failed emissions test in 2002. All three violations, Gore said, were in connection with dust particles released from the company’s number two kiln, which is located along Highway 31 in the Saginaw community.

In the proposed consent order, ADEM is seeking a civil penalty in the amount of $115,000 which Carmeuse will offset by paying $45,000 to Project ROSE (Recycled Oil Saves Energy).

The order would also allow the &uot;facility/owner/operator to elect to offset $48,000 of the proposed penalty by implementing a Supplemental Environmental Project.&uot;

The project would include paving plant areas and maintaining them to minimize fugitive dust on the plant site.

Those interested in commenting to ADEM about the fine and its settlement have until mid-September.

Comments should be sent to the attention of Ronald W. Gore at ADEM, P.O. Box 301463, Montgomery, AL


Attempts to contact company officials at the Longview Division in Alabaster were unsuccessful