Colorado

Apr 19, 2013 4:02 PM by Juice Godfrey

CEMEX to pay fine, take steps to reduce pollution

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - A cement manufacturer in Lyons has agreed to pay a $1 million fine and to install new technology to decrease its emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide.

CEMEX, Inc. had been accused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of illegally modifying its Lyons plant in a way that greatly increased the amount of nitrogen oxide the facility released.

According to the EPA, nitrogen oxide can cause respiratory problems and can contribute to childhood asthma. The pollutant is also a cause of acid rain, smog and haze.

CEMEX will install an advanced pollution control technology expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by about 1,000 tons per year. EPA officials say this could improve visibility at Rocky Mountain National Park, just 20 miles away from the cement plant.

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