Cement Plant to Pay US$7.5 Million in Settlement with US EPA

Published By : 29 Apr 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Lehigh Hanson cement plant will be paying USD$ 7.5 million in a settlement case with the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, the San Jose Mercury News reported on Wednesday. The Cupertino cement unit was charge with dumping over a million gallons of poisonous waste water into a creek flowing into the San Francisco Bay.

The Lehigh Hanson cement quarry, located in the hills of Cupertino, had discharged waste water into the Permanente Creek from 2009 right up till 2014. The waste water contained selenium at levels that went beyond the permissible limits. Even though the toxic waste water did not adversely affect human lives or health, it did have a harmful impact on wildlife. The California red legged frog and many species of fish had been harmed, Jared Blumenfeld, regional administrator at the EPA in San Francisco told Mercury News.

Blumenfeld also told Mercury News that the Environment Protection Agency was keeping a close eye on the air emissions of the Cupertino plant.

The Cupertino based cement company is regionally headquartered in San Ramon and its national headquarters are based in Dallas. As told to Mercury News, the company has already begun work and efforts to reduce the discharge of waste water and limit the levels of water pollution. 

According to the article in Mercury News, the Lehigh Hanson cement plant first opened back in 1939 and the company manufactures over half of the total cement that is being used in the Bay Area. The company also produces around 70 per cent of the total cement being used in Santa Clara County.
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