Plagiarized 12th Ward FAQ

The “MAT Asphalt FAQ” posted on the 12th Ward website on June 1st, 2018 contains several sections plagiarized directly from asphalt industry web sites.

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What do asphalt plants do to maintain good relationships with the communities around them?

More than 30 years ago, Asphalt Mix facilities often generated noticeable levels of dust, smoke, odors, and noise. But two things have brought big changes. One was the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards, which went into effect in 1973. These required HMA producers to pass strict emission standards and install control systems to prevent the release of dust and smoke into the air. A facility must also meet stringent “visible emissions” tests in order to comply with regulations. EPA now acknowledges that HMA facilities are not a major source of emissions. It’s in the owner’s best interest to make sure that all the equipment is operating at peak efficiency – which means producing very little in the way of emissions. Asphalt mix producers want to be good neighbors. They strive to build clean, quiet facilities compatible with the rest of the neighborhood. 

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Better for the Environment. More than 30 years ago, Hot Mix Asphalt facilities often generated noticeable levels of dust, smoke, odors, and noise. But two things have brought big changes. One was the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards, which went into effect in 1973. These required HMA producers to pass strict emission standards and install control systems to prevent the release of dust and smoke into the air. A facility must also meet stringent “visible emissions” tests in order to comply with regulations. EPA now acknowledges that HMA facilities are not a major source of emissions. An even stronger incentive for clean operation is economic. It’s in the owner’s best interest to make sure that all the equipment is operating at peak efficiency – which means producing very little in the way of emissions. 

Hot Mix Asphalt producers want to be good neighbors. They strive to build clean, quiet facilities compatible with the rest of the neighborhood.

Source: https://bitroads.com/About-Us/Sustainability


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Asphalt is 100% recyclable and is the most recycled product in the United States, ahead of aluminum cans, news print, and plastic and glass beverage containers. When we remove (by milling) old asphalt from a road or parking lot, we crush it, mix it with additional aggregate and binder to make new hot mix asphalt.

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At Palmetto Corp, we are constantly looking at ways to reduce our impact on the environment. All of our facilities manufacture asphalt with two mixing drums, which create less pollution and better air quality. Asphalt is 100% recyclable and is the most recycled product in the United States, ahead of aluminum cans, news print, and plastic and glass beverage containers. When we remove (by milling) old asphalt from a road or parking lot, we crush it, mix it with additional aggregate and binder to make new hot mix asphalt. We also crush old concrete debris to create new concrete aggregate. By using recycled concrete and asphalt, we help reduce our carbon footprint. Click here to learn more about the recycling efforts of our crushing division.

Source: https://palmettocorp.com/recycled-concrete-and-asphalt/


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MAT Asphalt has agreed to hire a professional odor consultant to explore a vaporization refrigeration system. Fortunately, there is also a process additive that can be mixed directly into the liquid asphalt used to control odorous emissions. Before the odors become airborne, they will be eliminated. These custom solutions/additives ONLY use natural ingredients to eliminate industrial odors without use of harsh chemicals or masking fragrances.

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Fortunately, the solution is as simple as a process additive that can be mixed directly into liquid asphalt used in hot mix plants to control the odorous emissions. In most cases, it only takes a small amount of the correct additive to a plant’s liquid storage and handling process to reduce the odors. Before the odors become airborne, they are eliminated.

Additionally, new odor issues have arisen due to the changes in liquid asphalt composition. To address this new challenge in the industry, OMI Industries offers a specialized solution that tackles these unique odor challenges through an offering of customized solutions designed by OMI’s PhD chemists. Ecosorb solutions use natural ingredients to eliminate industrial odors without use of harsh chemicals or masking fragrances. 

Source: https://www.forconstructionpros.com/asphalt/article/12196593/laurel-asphalt-paves-the-way-for-reducing-odors-and-keeping-neighbors-happy