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Jan 2010
January 21, 2010

Warner Attorneys Assist Lafarge in Settlement of Clean Air Act claims

On January 21, 2010 the United States Department of Justice and the United States Environmental Protection Agency jointly announced a settlement with Lafarge North America Inc. regarding alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act.

Attorneys from Warner Norcross & Judd LLP assisted Lafarge throughout the settlement negotiations with both federal agencies. The settlement addresses emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide from Lafarge’s cement manufacturing facilities.

"The settlement affords Lafarge the opportunity to move on with its business plans while also benefitting the environment through reductions in emissions from its operations," said Steven Kohl, a partner specializing in environmental law and litigation in Warner’s Southfield, Mich., office. "Our environmental attorneys greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Lafarge's skilled internal legal, management and technical personnel to reach a resolution."

The settlement covers all of 13 of Lafarge's cement manufacturing facilities within the United States, including its facility in Alpena, Mich. Twelve states, including Michigan, are joining in the settlement.

While the Department of Justice has previously negotiated settlements under the Clean Air Act involving multiple facilities in other industries -- including electric power generation and oil refining -- this settlement is the first of its kind in the cement industry. The settlement will be subject to the approval of the federal District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Lafarge North America Inc. is a unit of Lafarge S.A., the world's largest diversified supplier of construction materials.

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