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  • Materion Ceramics, Inc. Air Quality Information


    Materion Brush, Inc. (previously Materion Ceramics, Inc.) is a manufacturing facility located at 6100 South Tucson Boulevard in Tucson, Arizona. Materion Ceramics, Inc. is permitted by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) under a Class II stationary source operating permit, Permit Number 1571, for operation of its beryllium oxide and high-performance engineered ceramics plant. The facility's operations are subject to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) for Beryllium (40 CFR 61, Subparts A and C).

    Current Air Quality Permit Information

    Air Quality Operating Permit # 1571

    Emission Prevention Plan

    Technical Support Document

    2014 Air Quality Permit Revision

    2014 Application Information & Documents 


    PDEQ established an air quality monitoring network in 2007 to measure beryllium levels in the ambient air throughout the Sunnyside Unified School District. PDEQ's Air Quality Monitoring personnel conducted the special monitoring study to determine levels of beryllium in the air surrounding the Brush Ceramics (now Materion Ceramics Inc) facility. The Beryllium Monitoring Study was concluded on September 30, 2015, after eight years of data collection. Results of the Beryllium Monitoring Study will remain available to the public.

    Air Quality Permit Appeal 2006

    On December 21, 2006, the Pima County Air Quality Hearing Board held a public hearing to address appeals regarding PDEQ's issuance of the Brush Ceramic Products, Inc. (BCP) (now Materion Brush, Inc.) air quality permit renewal, Permit Number 1571. The appeals were submitted by Center for Environmental Connections and Environmental Justice Action Group.  As the "Real Party in Interest", representation of BCP was also present at the hearing. The hearing began at 2:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room. After witness testimony was heard, the Air Quality Hearing Board Vice Chairman, Mr. James A. Mather motioned to uphold the permit as it currently exists. The motion was carried 5-0 and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:44 p.m.Agenda for December 21, 2006 Minutes for December 21, 2006Findings of Fact and Conclusion of Law

    Other Information

    Community Advisory Panel Presentations

    December 1, 2008

    June 4, 2008

    February 6, 2008

    October 25, 2007

    Sunnyside Unified School District Presentations

    March 11, 2015

    June 23, 2009

    Pima County Board of Health Presentations

    December 17, 2014

    September 24, 2014

    Miscellaneous Documents

    Health Consultation: Brush Wellman, Inc. - May 2000

    Public Health Consultation: BCP Evaluation of Beryllium Exposure - August 8, 2005

    Public Hearing Notice

    Response to Public Comments - November 7, 2006

    Letter to Interested Parties - November 7, 2006

    News Release PDEQ issues permit renewal - November 7, 2006

    Brush (Materion Ceramics) Air Quality Monitoring Agreement - November 7, 2006

    Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry Response Regarding Beryllium - February 13, 2008

    Beryllium Monitoring - February 14, 2008

    Memo to Chuck Huckelberry RE: Beryllium Monitoring Study Conclusion - October 8, 2015

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