You Want Cleaner
Cement Plants and Cleaner Air in Dallas-Fort Worth!
DATE: Wednesday, June 17, 2009
TIME: 10:00 a. m. to 8:00 p. m.
WHERE: Grand Hyatt - DFW International Airport
(located in Terminal D)
THERE WILL BE A 9:30 AM PRESS CONFERENCE TO KICK
THINGS OFF AND ENSURE A WELL-ATTENDED OPENING OF
THE HEARING - EVERYONE INVITED
Because of its large concentration of cement kilns,
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced
that DFW will host one of three national public
hearings on new rules limiting cement industry
pollution, including the first ever limits for
On June 17th, the EPA will take public testimony
at the DFW Airport's Grand Hyatt hotel from 10
am to 8 pm on new federal rules that would significantly
decrease some of the most dangerous kinds of air
pollution cement plants release, including Mercury,
Particulate Matter (soot), Hydrochloric Acid, Benzene,
Sulfur Dioxide, and other chemicals contributing
to smog called Total Hydrocarbons.
The cement industry is lobbying hard against these
new rules and will likely sue EPA to try to weaken
them. That's why you need to come and support President
Obama's EPA in its first attempt at regulating
some of the country's worst polluters.
Please plan on attending the June 17th DFW hearing.
EPA officials from Washington D.C. will attend
because they anticipate the DFW hearing will be
the best attended of three hearings. Let's not
disappoint them. Your presence in support of these
new rules is critical in showing EPA there is widespread
public consensus on the need for these wet kilns
- and all the cement kilns - to install the best
possible pollution control equipment. This event
is for average citizens who want their voice to
be heard over the noise of big business.
Talking Points for Your June 17th Comments:
1) DFW has the largest concentration of
cement kilns (10) of any urban area in the U.S.,
and has more obsolete and dirtier "wet kilns" than
any other part of the nation. These cement kilns
account for half of all industrial air pollution
in North Texas.
2) Studies show these cement
plants have a big impact on DFW air quality. DFW is downwind of the
cement plants most of the year.
3) EPA's proposed rules would speed the
modernization or replacement of older, less efficient
wet kilns - the dirtiest smokestacks in North
Texas - and the reason many local governments
in DFW have passed "green
cement" resolutions. This means cleaner air
in North Texas.
4) Mercury pollution reduced! Cement kilns are
some of the biggest mercury polluters in the country.
Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that can impair
a child's ability to walk, talk, read, write and
learn. Mercury also interferes with the brain and
nervous system and can affect blood pressure, fertility,
can cause memory loss and tremors.
5) Hydrocarbon pollution
reduced! Reducing Total
Hydrocarbons from the kilns will help our ozone
pollution problem. While we're close to meeting
the old ozone standard, that standard is being
replaced by one that's much tougher. We need all
the reductions in ozone-forming pollution we can
get to reach that goal.
6) Toxic soot pollution reduced! Reducing soot,
also called Particulate Matter, will help keep
DFW from exceeding national Particulate Matter
standards which are overdue to be lowered to protect
public health, and which we hover close to the
current levels. Scientists now say that there is
no safe level of exposure to Particulate Matter,
so any decrease will improve Public Health.
7) Sulfur dioxide pollution
reduced! Sulfur dioxide
causes respiratory distress and other breathing
problems. The cement kilns burn coal, petroleum
coke and other fuels with sulfur that turns into
sulfur dioxide when burned.
8) Hydrochloric Acid pollution
acid is a toxic pollutant that attacks the respiratory
system and contributes to more lung health problems.
It is emitted in large quantities by cement kilns
due to chlorine in the coal, petroleum coke, tires
and other fuels, and raw materials.
9) All the pollution control technologies needed
to meet EPA's new emissions standards are on only
a few cement plants in the U.S. right now, but
can be used on many more kilns. All the industry
has to do is combine these at each plant. EPA estimates
that these rules will cost the entire U.S. cement
industry less than $1 billion a year, but save
the public $4 to 12 billion a year, along with
saving 600 to 1,600 lives annually.