F a c t S h e e t Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Bureau of Air
Concrete Batch Plants:
Lifetime General Operating Permits
Q How do I know if my plant qualifies?
Concrete batch plants include those companies that store, convey, measure and load
cement, sand or other fine aggregate, and coarse aggregate for use in concrete products.
Course aggregate may consist of gravel or crushed stone. Fine aggregate may include sin-tered
clay, shale, slate, fly ash, slag, pumice, etc. These types of operations must be within
the following limits in order to apply for the lifetime permit:
• Process no more than 960,000 tons of concrete per year (dry basis).
• Have no more than 14 silos with baghouse control
• Have no more than 3 cement hoppers and mixers
• Have no more than 15 transfer systems
• Have no more than 3 truck loading systems
• Have no more than 4 heaters and/or boilers
• And do not have other emission units such as asphalt plant, aggregate crushing
Q What are the general permitting requirements for concrete batch plants?
The following are general requirements:
1. Limitations on throughput.
2. Requirements for recordkeeping and reporting,
3. Control of fugitive dust is a concern for all plants but particularly plants located in
certain parts of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Wil, Peoria, Tazewell, Macon, Rock Island,
LaSalle, Madison and St. Clair County may be subject to further fugitive dust
requirements from storage piles, roadways, parking lots, or other areas.
Effective May 2000, Lifetime General Operating Permits are available for concrete plants.
This lifetime permit eliminates the process of renewing the permit. This permit allows the
company to operate up to a limited number of equipment as specified below without requir-ing
any additional permits provided in the terms of the permit. The lifetime permit has no
Q Are there any additional requirements?
The following are required for concrete batch plants:
• Records are kept on site for the most recent three years and contain the following:
1. Concrete production (tons/month, and tons/year)
2. Cement and fly ash receipts (tons/month, and tons/year)
3. Fuel usage
• An Annual Emission Report is required to be filed by May 1 of each year.
• An Annual Site Fee (typically $100.00) must be paid to the Illinois EPA based on the
total amount of emissions at the site.
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