DOJ and EPA settle with Lehigh Cement; Glens Falls plant will reduce air emissions

New settlement requires cement plants to reduce toxic air emissions and pay penalties for pollution.

After an alleged Clean Air Act violation, Lehigh in Glens Falls will be required to reduce its air emissions. Lehigh will need to minimize its nitrogen oxide pollution by 4,555 tons and its sulfur dioxide pollution by 989 tons annually.

The NYDEC plans to watch the company closely and enforce these changes in order to protect the nearby communities and environment, however the Glens Falls plant will not be required to invest in additional pollution control technology, but it will need to modify its air permit in order to comply with the Clean Air Act and pay its penalties to the state and country.