Cement Group Pays $1.7 Million For Air Pollution


WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) — A cement company agreed to pay millions of dollars to resolve allegations it violated the Clean Air Act at U.S. manufacturing plants, the EPA said.

Essroc Cement Co. agreed to pay $1.7 million in fines and invest more than $30 million in pollution control technology to resolve alleged violations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for operations at six of its cement manufacturing plants in the United States.

“EPA is committed to cutting illegal air pollution from the largest sources of emissions,” Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s office of enforcement and compliance assurance, said in a statement. “The pollution controls required by today’s settlement will reduce harmful air pollutants, protecting communities across the nation.”

The EPA claims the settlement could reduce the level of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide from the air by 7,000 tons per year. Those pollutants are linked to acid rain, smog and asthma in children.

Essroc, under the terms of the settlement, will deploy a so-called selective catalytic reduction system at kilns at an Indiana plant. A plant in Pennsylvania, currently out of operation, will be retired under the EPA deal.

There were no public comments available from Essroc.

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