Attend public meetings July 10 and July 12 to learn more about a proposed air quality permit renewal for Materion Ceramics, Inc.by Pima County News on Jun. 29, 2012, under air pollution, Environmental Quality
Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) will hold an Open House on Tuesday, July 10, and a Public Hearing on Thursday, July 12, on the request for an air quality permit renewal for Materion Ceramics, Inc. (formerly known as Brush Ceramics). Materion Ceramics currently operates in Pima County at 6100 S. Tucson Blvd. in Tucson, Arizona, under an air quality permit issued in 2007. This five-year permit remains in effect until the director of PDEQ makes a decision regarding the air quality permit renewal.
Both meetings will be held at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Road in Tucson. The Open House will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in the high school cafeteria. PDEQ staff will be available to answer questions from the public regarding the proposed air quality permit renewal, including permit requirements, PDEQ enforcement of proposed permit provisions and the PDEQ/Sunnyside Unified School District Beryllium Monitoring Project.
The Public Hearing will be Thursday, July 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. There will be an opportunity at this hearing for the public to speak about the proposed renewal of the Materion Ceramics air quality permit or to drop off written comments about the permit.
The draft air quality permit requires Materion to operate and maintain its air pollution control equipment when beryllium oxide operations are taking place, implement an emissions prevention plan and conduct annual testing of the emissions from its stack.
The official public comment period for the proposed permit began on May 29 and will end on July 13, 2012. Copies of the permit application and relevant background material may be reviewed at www.deq.pima.gov or during normal business hours at the PDEQ offices, 33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 700, in Tucson. For additional information, please call (520) 243-7400.