Attorney general back EPA cement plant rules, USA

Attorney general back EPA cement plant rules, USA
Published: 15 February 2011

Attorneys general from five states are urging House leaders to uphold Environmental Protection Agency rules to limit mercury and other pollution from cement plants and rebuff legislative efforts to undo them.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and counterparts from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Massachusetts, who in 2007 sued the EPA challenging old emission standards, say requiring the plants to install state-of-the-art pollution controls from American suppliers will cost US$350m altogether and create jobs while preventing premature deaths and saving billions of dollars in health care expenses.

The Portland Cement Association has opposed the new rules, saying the cost will close some US plants, cost jobs and boost foreign imports.