Continental Cement settles with EPA

Continental Cement Company will upgrade its Hannibal facility and pay a fine to settle alleged violations of the Federal Clean Air Act.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the allegations date back to 2007 and 2008. Click here to read the full release from the EPA.

To get back in good graces, the facility will complete a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) valued at $300 thousand dollars to eliminate an outside storage pile to reduce particle emissions. The SEP will eliminate Continental Cementâ??s outside clinker storage pile along with the associated material handling system and will replace it with enclosed conveyors and a dust controlled truck load-out. The SEP will reduce the generation of particulate matter emissions at the facility by 15 tons per year.

According to the EPA, Continental Cement exceeded the nitrogen oxide emission limit during 2007 and 2008, in violation of the federally approved Missouri State Implementation Plan and the Clean Air Act. Continental Cement did not meet the limit nor did it install or operate any approved alternatives during 2007 and 2008.

According to the EPA, by agreeing to the settlement, Continental Cement has certified that it is in compliance with the Clean Air Act.