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DER HALTS HAZARDOUS WASTE BURNING AT KEYSTONE CEMENT

 DER HALTS HAZARDOUS WASTE BURNING AT KEYSTONE CEMENT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of


Environmental Resources (DER) today suspended hazardous waste burning at Keystone Cement of East Allen Township, Northampton County.
 DER cited the company for waste burning and record keeping violations and referred the matter to the state Attorney General's Office for possible criminal prosecution.
 DER Secretary Arthur A. Davis said the suspension order resulted from an investigation launched by the department late last week when company officials said that they violated permit requirements for burning hazardous waste solvents and falsified records to conceal the violations.
 "The evidence we have reviewed over the past several days indicates that Keystone engaged in a pattern and practice of willful disregard and evasion of our environmental regulations," Davis said. "By doing so, Keystone has not only violated our environmental laws but also the public trust.
 "The proper disposal of hazardous waste is a matter of vital public concern. I have stated repeatedly that Pennsylvania will not permit anyone to dispose of these wastes within our borders unless the public health and safety can be fully assured."
 Davis said he has pledged DER's full cooperation with the Attorney General's office in its investigation of the matter.
 "Our actions today serve notice that lawless behavior of this kind will not be tolerated," Davis said.
 The DER suspension order alleges that at numerous times over the past several years, the company burned hazardous waste solvents at a greater rate than allowed under its permit and then hid the violations by manipulating computer data and other internal documents.
 Under the suspension order, Keystone Cement is prohibited from using any waste as fuel for its kilns. The suspension remains in effect pending the results of further investigations.
 Keystone burned hazardous waste solvents and other non-hazardous wastes to fuel kilns to produce cement products. The order does not affect the company's use of fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas, to fuel the kilns.
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 /CONTACT: Pam DiSalvo of DER, 717-787-1323/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources; Keystone Cement ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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