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EPA Extends Comment Deadline for Proposed Cement Plant Rules, Sets Public Hearing Dates

Release Date: 06/10/2009
Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn (News media only) 202-564-7849, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – EPA is extending the public comment deadline to Sept. 4, 2009 on a proposal to slash mercury emissions and other pollutants from Portland cement kilns. The proposed standards would also set emission limits for total hydrocarbons and particulate matter from cement kilns of all sizes and would reduce hydrochloric acid emissions from kilns that are large hydrochloric acid emitters.

In addition, the agency has set dates and locations for three public hearings on the proposed rule. The hearings will be held on June 16, 17 and 18 at the following locations. All hearings will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

June 16: Los Angeles
Wilshire Grand Hotel
930 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, Calif.

June 17: Dallas
Grand Hyatt DFW
2337 South International Parkway
DFW Airport, Texas
The hotel is across from the parking facility for Terminal D, on the departure level. The Federal Register notice indicated the incorrect terminal.

June 18: Arlington, Va.
EPA Potomac Yard South Conference Center
2777 Crystal Drive
Arlington, Va.
Note: Anyone attending the Arlington hearing will need to bring photo identification.

Members of the public who want to speak may preregister up to two business days prior to the start of the hearing they wish to attend.
The public also may register in person on the day of the hearing; however, they may not be given a specific time to speak. To preregister to speak at the hearings, please contact Pamela Garrett at or 919-541-7966.

More information on proposed rule:

Proposed rule as published in the Federal Register on May 6, 2009: