Lafarge Ravena Cement Plant Modernization and Expansion Project EIS
Lafarge Building Materials, Inc. (Lafarge) proposes to modernize and expand its existing Ravena Cement Plant by constructing a state-of-the-art facility that is more economically and environmentally sustainable. The proposed project would replace the Ravena plant's existing "wet" cement-making process with a more energy efficient "dry" process. The conversion involves replacing the two existing long "wet" kilns with a new preheater/precalciner tower/stack structure and a kiln and clinker cooler operation as well as providing for future replacement or upgrade of the cement grinding mills. The proposed upgrades would increase capacity at the Ravena Plant from its current yearly baseline of approximately 1.72 million short tons of clinker to approximately 2.81 million short tons.
HDR prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in conformance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act and supported the receipt of necessary environmental permits for the proposed project. The comprehensive environmental analysis included detailed assessments of short-term (construction-related) and long-term (operation-related) impacts of the proposed project on air quality, water quality, hazardous materials, noise, traffic, visual quality, threatened and endangered species, cultural resources, greenhouse gas emissions, public health, and other aspects of the natural and manmade environment.