HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown cement plant targeted by federal regulators for alleged air pollution says it’s been trying for nearly three years to get a state permit for its increased sulfur dioxide emissions.
An attorney for the Holcim cement plant and previous owner St. Lawrence Cement said Tuesday that the company is awaiting a response from the Maryland Department of the Environment to its 2008 permit application.
A department spokesman tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown newspaper that the application is incomplete.
The company lawyer acknowledges that the plant’s sulfur dioxide emissions increased in 2003 after it started firing a cement kiln with old tires to reduce emissions of another pollutant, nitrogen oxide.
The EPA alleges the plant is illegally emitting more than 100 tons a year of pollutants including sulfur dioxide.