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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mystery Solved!!

Were you stumped by my choice of photos for WW?

All is about to be revealed....

Yes, I do see that everyday, though not from my window. Our town is very hilly, if it was flat I would be able to see it. Every Wednesday at 12 noon my house shakes on it's foundation, the whole town shakes for that matter.

It is in the air I breath, it is what causes the dust in our air - always. You can dust your house and when you are finished the dust will settle back. Your car sitting in your driveway will have a layer of dust by the end of the day.

It is also a lifeline to this community. It is a major employer and has been since 1912. It is also a major contributor to the community.

It is the Cement Plant. It was once an independently owned company, but now it is part of one of the largest cement producers in the world.

The size of the quarry is huge. There is also abandoned quarries (I will show those later) There is land that is not yet quarried, right at the end of my street actually.
This picture is of the kiln, the kiln is where the magic happens at a cement plant. After the rock is quarried, it is burned in the kiln to produce the cement. (that is a very basic explanation)

The emissions pictured rising into the air are the following:

Carbon Dioxide
Dust
Nitrogen Oxide
Sulfur Dioxide
Carbon Monoxide
Dioxins and Furans
Polychlorinated Biphenyls
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene
Gaseous Inorganic Chlorine Compounds
Gaseous Inorganic Fluorine Compounds
and
Trace Elements

All of course, are well within government standards.

Oh, and when the house shakes on it's foundation - that is the blasting of rock in order to start the process of making cement!!

13 comments:

Janet said...

Wow! That's quite something. Question? Is there a problem with asthma or chest problems in the area? Very interesting blog. Look forward to hearing about the abandoned quarries!

Yaya said...

Oh boy. At least it's not like the power plant from The Simpsons. ;)

ASHLEY said...

HMMM....I WOULD ALSO THINK PEOPLE WOULD HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS!!!

sandy said...

Yikes! That can't be good:(

Upstatemomof3 said...

Wow! At least that blasting is helping someone (all the people who work there). It must be at least irritating though. Did you know about it when you bought your house? I hope so.

Cascia said...

Very interesting. I thought that was some sort of factory but I would have never guessed that it was a cement factory. Doesn't breathing that air make you sick? You'd think it would lead to asthma or other breathing problems.

Me said...

I would have never thought that it was a cement factory. And who knew that a cement factory would put off those kind of harmful chemicals. Do you worry about the long term effects to your health?

Mighty M said...

Yikes. Do people walk around with face masks on all the time a la Michael Jackson? You might want to.

hippo chick said...

Thanks for solving the mystery. I still think it could make a dark and tragic story, but I'd have to make it into something other than a cement factory.

Kristina P. said...

Wow, what a place to live near!

Andrea said...

I used to work as a scale house manager for a family owned cement plant who got bought out by the top worldwide cement plant... what a mess. I have to say... my car was a lot cleaner once I stopped working there!!

Debbie said...

I would never have guessed that! And that list? Is that the same ingredients for a chocolate cake?

jamaise said...

Very interesting. I feel bad for your poor lungs, but I live in Indiana with lots of farm land all around, so I drink mine rather than breathe it. This was fun. Someone should start a Mystery Pic Monday!!!