02 Jan '12, 6pm

Cement Company to Pay $1.7 Million for Clean Air Act Violations

Cement Company to Pay $1.7 Million for Clean Air Act Violations

Essroc Cement, the 8th largest cement producer in the country, has agreed to pay a $1.7 million penalty for Clean Air Act violations at six of its portland cement manufacturing plants. The company also agreed to invest approximately $33 million in pollution control technology. Reducing Harmful Pollution The EPA said it reached a settlement with the company and the Department of Justice that will reduce more than 7,000 tons of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution—two of the key pollutants from all cement plants—that can lead to childhood asthma, acid rain, and smog. The plants involved in the settlement are in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, and Puerto Rico. The company has also agreed to spend $745,000 to mitigate the effects of past excess emissions from its facilities. Ignacia S. Moreno, the DOJ assistant attorney general for the Environ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/cement...

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