Cement Plant Sued by EPA

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The US Environmental Protection Agency is suing a Lyons based cement plant for failure to control air pollution. The EPA alleges that the company failed to control air pollution from a cement plant in Boulder County, and this action that is being taken is one of a number of steps taken to bring the plant up to speed in terms of complying with environmental laws.
The company has been accused of a range of violations of Clean Air laws, according to recent reports, and this latest action claims that the plant went through various modifications, which increased emissions, but that nothing was done to improve protective controls to stop the increase of air pollution.

Jeremy Nichols, climate and energy program director for the environmental group WildEarth Guardians, said: “Public health in Boulder County is at risk from illegal pollution; thankfully the EPA has stepped up to hold Cemex accountable. The message to Cemex should be clear: It’s time to stop illegally polluting the air we breathe.”

An official from the company said: “The projects identified in the complaint occurred more than a decade ago under the ownership of Southdown, Inc. and were subject to review by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. These projects did not increase emissions from the plant, therefore, they did not violate applicable law.”

 

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