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The Latest On: Mercury

January 16, 2009 | Legal Document

Mercury from Cement Kilns Settlement Agreement

This settlement agreement between Earthjustice, EPA and several states puts in motion long-awaited plans to adopt mercury air pollution limits for the nation's 150 cement kilns.

July 31, 2008 | Article

Mercury: Too Toxic to Ignore

What do San Francisco Bay, Puget Sound, and Chesapeake Bay have in common? They provide a distinctive signature to some of America's greatest cities, of course. Residents and visitors to San Francisco, Seattle, Baltimore and Washington love to walk along, play beside, and boat across these waters. All three have storied histories and strong citizens' organizations fighting to protect and restore them.

July 21, 2008 | Article

Promises or Pudding?

A few months ago, we told you about the Lafarge cement kiln in Ravena, NY giving itself an environmental award, despite being the largest mercury polluter in the state. Well, it looks like Lafarge may actually reduce mercury emissions according to new plans to update their plant. Construction, however, won't even start until 2013.

Unfortunately, Lafarge doesn't seem to be doing this to be a good neighbor; they claim the decision came from "a broad set of business considerations." We definitely encourage cleaning up this plant, but the proof is in the pudding. As our attorney Keri Powell said, we'll continue to "make sure the pollution controls they install will be sufficiently protective."

Stay tuned for more updates on this kiln and our work to clean up mercury pollution across the nation.

May 27, 2008 | Article

How Does Lafarge Cement Fight Being Labeled the Biggest Mercury Polluter in New York?

...by giving themselves an environmental award, of course! note that the Lafarge press release touting their environmental award came out, according to the article, 6 months after they received the award. during that time we held two press conferences pounding on Lafarge for their mercury pollution, and this Albany Times Union reporter did a great story about how that cement kiln is the biggest mercury polluter in the state.

February 20, 2007 | Case

Cleaning Up Cement Kiln Emissions

The EPA refused for years to set emission standards for mercury from cement kilns. Earthjustice sued and in April 2014 the court closed the long-standing loophole.

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