We are proactively seeking to reduce and eliminate dust and odour emissions from our Munster Plant. During the past decade we have significantly reduced our environmental footprint at Munster, especially in relation to particulate emissions from the stacks.
With the cessation of clinker manufacture at the Munster Site in 2015, there are now only two Kilns operating at the Site for the production of lime - Kilns 5 and 6.
The stack emissions from both Kilns are regulated by the Department of Environment Regulation via Cockburn Cement’s licence under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
Particulate monitoring system
We operate a Beta-ray Attenuation Method (BAM) particulate monitoring system as part of our operating license. The BAM system provides our local community with a live updated hourly average of particulate monitoring across five key locations across the Munster site.
Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS)
We operate a Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) as part of our operating license. The CEMS provides, on a continuous basis throughout the day, a permanent record of emissions from Kiln 5 and 6.
The CEMS monitors particulates (opacity), sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. The data is logged continuously to an environmental emissions database and is reported each month to the Department of Environment Regulation (DER).
Independent, NATA Accredited Stack Monitoring and Modelling
Our stack emissions are regulated by the DER via an Environmental Protection Act 1986 licence. As part of our licence an independent NATA accredited consultancy conducts quarterly stack monitoring on Kiln 5 and 6 for specific pollutants. This data is then used to determine the ground level concentration of the pollutants.
Modelling of the ground level concentration is carried out using the Ausplume version 6.0 dispersion model. The model configuration has been developed by the independent NATA accredited Consultancy. The ground level concentrations are compared with various state, national and international air quality standards and guidelines. The results of the stack monitoring and modelling are reported quarterly to the DER.