July 24, 2013
Lafarge North America has formed an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice and New York State in which Lafarge will fund $1.5 million in projects to reduce air pollution near its Ravena, New York, cement plant.
The agreement also gives Lafarge additional time to reduce air pollution from the cement plant.
A March 2010 settlement between the federal government and Lafarge required the company to reduce nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide pollution emitted from 13 of its cement plants. The settlement, which resolved violations of the Clean Air Act, also required Lafarge to either install controls on the two old, inefficient kilns at its Ravena facility or replace those kilns with a new, lower emitting kiln by January 1, 2015.
The new agreement allows an additional 18 months for Lafarge to shut down the two old kilns and to finish construction of the new kiln. The agreement pushes the company’s deadline to July 1, 2016.
In exchange for the extension, Lafarge agreed to interim air pollution limits at the existing kilns to reduce pollution from the plant, and to fund $1.5 million in additional projects to reduce air pollution in the local community.
Among those projects is the $600,000 replacement of an old locomotive engine at the Ravena facility with a new engine that is more efficient and less polluting.
New York State will receive the remaining $900,000 to use toward funding energy efficiency or pollution reduction projects in the community surrounding the Ravena plant. Those projects may include weatherization of low-income housing, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at municipal buildings, replacement of outdoor wood boilers and replacement of diesel buses with models that use hybrid technology or compressed natural gas.
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