We are committed to continually improving the environmental performance of the Munster Plant and reducing any potential impacts on the community and environment. During the period 2005 - 2012 more than $74 million was invested in capital improvements on the Munster Plant to improve environmental performance.
It is in our commercial interest to operate the Munster Plant in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. To help achieve this, considerable resources are expended on maintenance and improvements.
The most significant recent improvements in emissions control at Munster have been the baghouse filters for the lime Kilns 5 and 6.
Construction of the $24 million baghouse filter for Kiln 6, previously the largest source of particulate emissions at the site, was completed in March 2012. The baghouse has exceeded expectations in reducing emissions.
The baghouse system is designed to substantially reduce particulate emissions by providing a physical barrier that removes particulates from the exhaust stream.
The company's $18 million Kiln 5 baghouse was completed in mid-2013 and this has also significantly reduced emissions.
Other improvements also include:
- A water misting system to control potential fugitive dust;
- Revegetation of the boundary between the waste land fill operation and the community and;
- Improved fire break maintenance around the boundary between the plant and the community.