Meeting to focus on Lafarge plant pollution, US

Meeting to focus on Lafarge plant pollution, US
Published: 11 March 2009

A Town Hall-style meeting for Rensselaer County residents will be held later this month regarding air quality issues at the Lafarge cement plant located across the Hudson River, US.

The meeting comes as state and federal officials are working to reduce mercury emissions from such plants.

The Lafarge plant on Route 9W in Albany County is the second-biggest emitter of mercury in the state, according to a report released earlier this month by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

In January, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and officials from eight other states reached an agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency that will mean tougher regulation of mercury emissions from cement plants nationwide, including Lafarge.

The new federal regulations will apply to three New York cement plants: Lafarge, the St. Lawrence facility in Catskill, and the Lehigh Northeast plant in Glens Falls.