Four area conservation organizations and Holcim (US) Inc. have reached an out-of-court settlement that clears the way for Holcim to proceed with construction of one of the world’s largest cement plants and a limestone quarry on the Mississippi River in Ste. Genevieve County in Missouri.
The $3 million out-of-court settlement ends the environmental groups’ four-year legal challenge to Holcim’s efforts. Under the settlement, Holcim will establish a conservation easement of almost 2,000 acres on its property in Jefferson and Ste. Genevieve counties and pay $3m for environmental programs which will include land preservation and air quality projects in the bi-state metropolitan area.