Lehigh Southwest Cement Company operates under a valid Title V Permit issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) on November 5, 2003. The Title V Permit is a compilation of all existing applicable local, state, and federal air quality requirements, including emissions limits and standards, monitoring, record-keeping, and reporting requirements. Title V permits are renewed on a 5-year cycle. When an application for renewal is submitted by the operator the existing permit remains in effect until permit renewal is completed by BAAQMD.
Lehigh Southwest Cement Company submitted an application for renewal of its Title V Permit on April 28, 2008. On January 5, 2010, the BAAQMD withdrew the proposed Title V permit renewal for the Lehigh facility because the Federal EPA was expected to adopt significantly more stringent standards for mercury and other air contaminants from cement plants. The new standards were announced on August 9, 2010, and enacted by the U.S. EPA on September 9, 2010.
BAAQMD posted a proposed Title V Permit that incorporates the new rules on its web site, and issued a notice informing the public. The public review and comment period of the revised Title V permit renew commenced on January 21, 2011, and closed on March 25, 2011. According to BAAQMD staff have since been reviewing and considering comments received. BAAQMD will then submit the proposed permit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its mandated 45-day review. Questions regarding the revised proposed permit renewal should be directed to Ms. Thu Bui of BAAQMD by writing to her at 939 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, or via email at [email protected].
Information may also be obtained from the internet at this link: http://www.baaqmd.gov/Divisions/Engineering/Public-Notices-on-Permits/2011/012111-17947/Lehigh-Southwest-Cement-Company.aspx.