WPR News
8:51 pm
Wed February 2, 2005

Laramie Cement Company Sees Court Challenge

Laramie, Wy – The Mountain Cement Company in Laramie is preparing a response to a lawsuit. Two conservation groups filed suit saying there have been ongoing and significant violations of the Clean Air Act at the plant.
The company's attorney, Phil Nicholas, says they have exceeded their air quality permit at times but it is allowable under a policy of the Environmental Protection Agency. He says they allow a company to operate if they are in compliance with air quality permits 97 percent of the time or more and Mountain Cement met these guidelines.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality reports Mountain Cement was in compliance almost 99 percent of the time during the last reporting period. The conservation groups want 100 percent compliance.