Meeting set on expansion at Lehigh Co. Cement firm needs permit from state

March 25, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow to discuss Lehigh Portland Cement Co.'s application for a permit for a $180 million expansion.

The informational meeting will be held at the Union Bridge Community Center on Ladiesburg Road.

Lehigh is planning to expand and modernize its Union Bridge plant. The company needs a permit from MDE's Air and Radiation Management Administration because the cement manufacturer's stacks discharge toxic air pollutants, such as chloroform, benzene, cadmium, nickel and mercury.

The modernized kiln will emit lower levels of some pollutants, said David Roush, Lehigh's plant manager. Emissions of other pollutants might be higher but the levels will meet state air quality requirements, Roush said.

Despite an increase in plant capacity, Lehigh will manufacture "more [cement] with the same amount of fuel," he said.

Lehigh has sponsored several community information meetings since announcing its plans last year to modernize and expand the plant at 117 S. Main St.

Work on the project is scheduled to start this year and to be completed in 1999. Lehigh will replace four aging rotary kilns with one large kiln and will build new grinding mills and buildings where raw material is blended and stored.

Pub Date: 3/25/97

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