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NEWS RELEASE                                                                                        JANUARY 2013

U.S. Cement Industry will spend $685 Million/yr. for Air Pollution Control in 2013-15

The promulgation of tough air toxic rules will cause the cement industry to spend $685 million/yr. for air pollution control equipment over each of the next three years. This is the conclusion reached by the McIlvaine Company in its Cement Plant and Project Tracking System.

Average Annual Expenditures 2013-2015 ($ Millions)

Equipment Type

$ Millions/yr

Fabric Filter

300

Electrostatic Precipitator

    5

SCR

  50

SNCR

  30

Scrubber

250

Thermal Oxidizer

50

Total

685

 

The largest expenditures will be for fabric filters. They will be needed to provide better particulate and mercury capture. Substantial investments in scrubber systems will be made in order to meet the HCl limits. In addition to the above listed equipment, there will be substantial expenditures for activated carbon and continuous emissions monitoring systems.

After many rounds of litigation, the cement MACT was promulgated in December 2012. Existing kilns must comply by September 9, 2015. EPA estimates that mercury will be reduced by 93 percent, hydrochloric acid by 96 percent, particulate matter by 91 percent and total hydrocarbons by 82 percent.

Specific limits

Pollutant

Criteria

Existing

   New

Mercury

Lbs/million ton of clinker averaged over 30 days

55

21

Total hydrocarbons

Ppmv averaged over 30 days

24

24

Organic air toxics

alternate to hydrocarbons

Ppmv with stack test

every 30 months

12

12

Particulate

 

Lbs/ton of clinker

0.07

0.92

Hydrochloric acid

Ppmv averaged over 30 days

3

3

 

Most of the kilns in the country will make the necessary expenditures rather than shut down. One reason is the improving market for cement. According to the latest forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), there will be an 8.1 percent growth in cement consumption in 2013. The upward revisions reflect adjustments made in light of the recent fiscal cliff accord, recognition of stronger economic momentum and markedly more optimistic assessments regarding residential construction activity.

PCA also upwardly revised its long-range projections for 2015-2017.  Annual growth during that period is expected to be as high as 9.2 percent.   Cement consumption is dictated by the level of construction activity and by the prevailing cement intensity.  While 2017 cement intensity levels remain well below the pre-recession averages and upside risks remain, these risks have been significantly reduced.

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