Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Plant's Permit Held Up 5 Years.(local)

Byline: Carolyn Carlson Journal Staff Writer

Neighbors Question Delays in Process

It has been more than five years since the GCC Rio Grande Portland Cement Plant in Tijeras applied to the City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Air Quality Division for a Title V pollution permit.

The application was filed in March 1998, and area residents who fear ill effects from the plant's emissions question why it is taking so long.

Concerned teachers and parents at A. Montoya Elementary School and Roosevelt Middle School near the plant have complained for years of respiratory illnesses and skin rashes, which they believe are caused by emissions from the plant.

"Issuing a permit is a complicated process," said Dario Rocha, an environmental health specialist and the only Title V permit officer with the air quality division.

Rocha said the federal Environmental Protection Agency delegated responsibility to issue Title V permits to state and local agencies during 1995 and '96. …

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