At Cockburn Cement, we are aware of the potential for dust emissions from our Munster Plant. These can be categorised as either licensed stack emissions or fugitive dust, typically from ground level sources.
Licensed stack emissions
The dust emissions from the Kiln 5 and 6 stacks are monitored continuously via our Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS). The dust emissions data is displayed live on this website and is available at any time.
The Kiln 5 and 6 baghouse filters were completed during 2012 and 2013. The installation of the baghouse filters significantly reduced dust emissions from the plant.
Our stack emissions are regulated by the Department of Environment Regulation via our Environmental Protection Act 1986 licence. Our licence emission target for Kiln 5 and 6 stacks is 25mg/m3 (8 minute rolling average) and we continually operate well below the target. The 2015 average dust emissions for Kiln 5 and 6 were 5.5mg/m3 and 3.7mg/m3 respectively.
From time to time, local residents express concerns regarding dust generated from ground activities such as quarrying, stockpiles, loading and unloading operations and traffic movement around the site.
In 2015 almost all local quarrying operations related to the Munster Plant were ceased. All quarry and open land areas form part of our revegetation and rehabilitation programs to reduce dust at the site. We are aware of potential sources of fugitive dust and continue to undertake a wide range of actions to address these.