Public hearings on Titan's (newest) draft air permit

Here are the where's & when's:

The first two hearings will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the McKeithan Center on the North Campus of Cape Fear Community College, 4500 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne. The third hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Kenan Auditorium at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S. College Road.

And here is the permit itself (chubby pdf):

It looks like the allowable atmospheric Mercury discharge level in this permit has been dropped to under 165 lbs. per year, but I think that's still almost twice as much as the EPA was looking at. And being the water-conscious guy I am, I also noticed something else that sparked an interest:

Wet scrubber system (46,000 gallons per min minimum injection rate of water/CaCO3)

While these are generally "closed" systems that recirculate wastewater continuously, said water has to be replaced on a regular basis due to the accumulation of solids (mostly toxic, by the way). Where does the water, and the replacemnt water, actually come from? And more importantly, where does the dangerously tainted used water go? Because this is a DAQ permit (air), those considerations don't appear to be present in this permit. And I can't locate the corresponding DWQ (water) permit application, although that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

But I did find this:

In the 22-page citation issued by Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality to Titan Virginia Ready-Mix LLC, the State Air Pollution Control Board and State Water Control Board document Titan's violations of air regulations and permits and state water control laws. Specifically, Titan Virginia was cited for impairing oxygen and organism levels in the Elizabeth River, wastewater discharge to a drinking water source, failure to use fresh buffers for pH calibration as required by the EPA, and sheet flow discharge into State waters due to improper cleaning of equipment, which is a repeat offense for Titan Virginia. The State of Virginia fined Titan, a foreign-owned, multi-billion dollar corporation, $74,000 for its violations.

Unfortunately, since these upcoming hearings are related to the air permit, questions about water will probably go unanswered.


What (should) hurt them much more

is the bad PR from penalties like this. But I'm not sure how much of this story was actually "aired" by WWAY TV, as opposed to merely being posted to the station's website.

That's the difference between tens of thousands being informed or (at best) a few hundred.

On second perusal,

I couldn't find any video clips of this story. Which leads me to believe the TV station never aired it. ;/