A Houston County cement manufacturer has agreed to pay Georgia environmental regulators an $8,000 fine for releasing more air pollution than allowed and failing to report it to the state fast enough.
A consent order was issued July 20 by the state Environmental Protection Division related to emissions from Cemex Southeast LLC. According to the order, the company tested one of its cement kilns in September 2010 and found it was emitting dioxins, furans and fine particle pollution at rates more than double the limit listed in the company’s state air permit.
Dioxins can harm the immune, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems and cause cancer. Fine particle air pollution can be breathed deeply into the lungs and cause respiratory and heart problems.
State regulations require such test results to be reported to the state within 60 days. The company waited until it had done work on the kiln and retested it before notifying the state 119 days later, the order states.
Before the end of 2010, Cemex had changed filter bags to fix the problem and brought the kiln’s emissions back into compliance, the order indicates.