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Asphalt Paving Plant Trying To Filter Out Soot Problems

May 26, 1993By Annie Tin of The Sentinel Staff

KISSIMMEE Pinhole leaks in filter bags are one reason why homeowners near an asphalt paving plant have had rainfalls of thick, black soot on their porches, driveways and car hoods.

A test of the Orlando Paving Co.’s Kissimmee operations last month revealed that the company meets state pollution standards.

However, the test showed fabric filter bags had small holes in them that appeared to leak only during a special cleaning cycle.

Lab tests ”showed an excess amount of sand particles in the test filters,” according to a summary of the results by the company’s Orlando engineer Joseph Tessitore.

Paving company officials replaced those filtering bags this month, but neighbors are still complaining about the soot and noise.

”Things are a little better,” said Dick O’Neil, who lives near the Michigan Avenue plant. ”But only because the wind is blowing away from us. Not much else is changed.”

O’Neil and about 25 residents in the neighborhood asked Osceola County commissioners last month to shut down the asphalt company and help them regain their quality of life.

Many residents complained about the plant operating in the middle of the night and disturbing their sleep, and about the amount of soot coming out of the plant’s 29 foot smokestack. Instead, officials promised to work out possible solutions.

State Department of Environmental Regulation officials, who witnessed the first test April 23, are planning to re test the plant June 7 with the new bags in place.

”We think we’ve corrected the problem,” said company Vice President Wayne Evans. ”We’re really trying to be a good neighbor.”

Evans said he agreed to move up the date of the company’s annual July test with DER in order to appease residents. The company’s current environmental permit, issued last year, expires in March 1997. Each test costs the company about $2,000.

Orlando Paving engineers haven’t stopped looking for ways to improve their operations either, Evans said.

They discovered that after they replaced the nine bags, other bags in the cleaning system were beginning to fail.

”We felt the bags became deteriorated in the cleaning process,” Evans explained.

As a result, all the bags were removed and replaced with new ones, he said.

”However, in spite of these significant changes, the opacity (cloudiness) readings, although in compliance with the permit conditions, have not dramatically improved,” Tessitore said in a letter to environmental regulators.

Now the company is considering changing the type of bags used, preferring a heavier, 18 ounce bag with a more intricate weave that would allow fewer particles through it.

If they make the change, officials say they will have those bags in place by the June test.

Evan Toms Outlet s said the reason residents are complaining about the plant’s operations is because Orlando Paving is doing much more business than the previous owner. Orlando Paving took over the asphalt production plant from Poncho’s Construction Co. last year.

County engineer Howard Russell said the company’s problems might have been aggravated when it began using recycled material to process its asphalt.