Continental Cement Co. is seeking a state permit to build additional waste storage at its Hannibal plant.




Continental Cement Co. is seeking a state permit to build additional waste storage at its Hannibal plant.

   Approval by the Department of Natural Resources could take two to three years and construction ultimately will depend upon the company’s view of market conditions.

   The cost of the improvements has not been released. Continental has burned hazardous waste at Hannibal since 1986..

   The new facilities would be part of Green America Recycling, a Continental-owned firm that shares space at the plant at 10107 Highway 79.

   “This will allow us to bring in more material and have more inventory on site so we don’t have to worry about breaks between shipments,” said Steve LaForce, Continental eco-sustainability manager. “It should help us stay competitive in the marketplace.”

   Continental wants to build two liquid hazardous waste storage and treatment tanks, one solid hazardous waste storage tank, one solid hazardous waste containment building, three new miscellaneous units and a new direct-burn system.

   Continental’s kiln burns a variety of wastes in making cement, including liquids such as paint thinner and solids such as oily rags from auto shops. LaForce said there are no biohazards or radioactive materials. The main suppliers are transportation storage facilities across the country.

   “Most of things we take people have in their households,” LaForce said. “Most are pretty benign.”

   LaForce said the Hannibal plant has seen an increase the last couple of months in the amount of liquid waste it receives. He attributed the rise to the closing or mothballing of other cement plants.

    The request was included as part of the company’s permit renewal application, which must be done every 10 years.

   A public hearing was held at Hannibal in October. DNR has now put copies of the permit application up for public viewing at the Hannibal Free Public Library and its headquarters in Jefferson City.

   Meanwhile, Continental continues to dismantle its old kiln. A $200 million environmentally friendly kiln went on line in October 2008

   The plant has more than 200 workers and produces more than 700,000 tons of powdered cement a year.