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Cement Kiln Emissions Challenge

Case Number # 3438

Cement kiln in Midlothian, Texas.
Cement kiln in Midlothian, TX. (Photo: Samantha Bornhorst.)

This lawsuit challenges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's continued refusal to set mercury emissions standards for cement kilns, in violation of the Clean Air Act.

The EPA estimates that more than one hundred cement kilns emit over 23,000 pounds of mercury each year.

Press Releases

Monday, December 6, 2010
Cement industry groups challenge protections that would save 2,500 lives every year
Monday, November 8, 2010
Lobby group heads to court to fight mercury and other air pollution cuts for over 100 cement kilns
Monday, August 9, 2010
Mercury, other toxic air pollutants reduced up to 92%
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Congress, over 20,000 Americans send message to EPA supporting strong pollution protections
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Affected communities cheer federal proposal to slash pollution from cement kilns
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Earthjustice report reveals mercury pollution nearly twice what EPA previously thought
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Years of delay means thousands of pounds of mercury pollution have gone unchecked
Thursday, March 6, 2008
NYSDEC must include mercury limits in operating permits for Lafarge and other cement kilns
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
EPA gives cement kilns a free pass to spew thousands of pounds of mercury pollution every year
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Three NY cement kilns account for nearly one third of all mercury pollution in the state -- groups urge the governor to limit mercury pollution