St. Lawrence Cement Group Inc. has settled two New Jersey state court cases involving the company’s GranCem grinding facility in Camden, N.J. The cases centred on claims by local residents, primarily in the Terraces neighbourhood, about alleged nuisances of the SLCG facility and other local industrial operations. "We are pleased that these litigations are now resolved and look forward to maintaining sound relationships with the Camden community," stated Mike Davis, senior vice-president, U.S. division.
The plant will continue its community outreach activities in Camden, through its For Camden Today program that supports youth enrichment programs and health services while For Camden Tomorrow offers internship opportunities for students and educational assistance. The settlement will have no impact on St. Lawrence Cement’s 2006 financial results since a provision has already been made in 2005.
However, there is apparently still a pending federal court litigation, filed by a citizen-based group and several individual Camden residents, seeking to invalidate St. Lawrence Cement’s air permit and alleging nuisance-related claims.