McCaskills Fight for Missouri Manufacturer Pays Off
Senator stood up for Ste. Genevieve cement manufacturer, Holcim, successfully delaying EPA regulation and supporting Missouri jobs
June 26, 2012
WASHINGTON - After U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill intervened with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of Holcim, a Missouri-based manufacturer of building materials in Ste. Genevieve, the agency has announced that it will agree to McCaskill's request and delay by two years regulations that could have hurt the business and led to slower job growth.
"This decision is good for Missouri jobs and good for anyone who thinks compromise is the way to solve problems," McCaskill said. "It'll allow Holcim to continue to provide good manufacturing jobs to Missourians, while making sure that we're protecting the health and well-being of our families and communities."
In 2010, the EPA proposed new limits on emissions related to the manufacturing of cement and other building materials. Those limits, originally slated to go into effect in 2013, did not provide enough time for Holcim and other manufacturers to comply and could have led to slower economic and job growth. Today, the EPA issued a ruling that will delay the implementation of those rules until 2015, providing Holcim-which recently invested nearly $1 billion in its Ste. Genevieve manufacturing facility-the time it needs to safely comply with the standards.
"We believe that your positive contributions led to the proposed settlement agreement," Bernard Terver, President and Chief Executive Officer of Holcim wrote in a letter thanking McCaskill.
McCaskill has consistently led the fight to delay or stop unreasonable EPA regulations on Missouri businesses, including legislation she introduced with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to create jobs and boost business opportunities partly by delaying federal Boiler MACT rules. McCaskill is also continuing to work with a bipartisan group of Senators to achieve a similar compromise on Utility MACT air standards that would reduce the amount of mercury in the air while providing businesses the time they need to safely adhere to the new standards.
The text of Holcim President Bernard Terver's letter is reprinted below and available on McCaskill's website HERE.
Senator Claire McCaskill
Senate Hart Office Building 506
Washington, D.C. 20510
RE: Proposed Settlement Agreement Notice between EPA and the industry petitioners in Portland Cement Association, No. 10-1358 (D.C. Circuit)
On behalf of Holcim (US), a leading provider of cement and cementitious materials in the United States, I want to thank you and your staff or taking the time to understand our concerns regarding the Portland Cement National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) final rule.
We believe that your positive contributions led to the proposed settlement agreement published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2012. The proposed agreement establishes that EPA would propose action for reconsideration of the NESHAP rule by June 15, 2012 and take final action on the proposal by December 20, 2012. In that rulemaking, EPA would address all the issues for which the Agency already granted reconsideration and the pending petition for reconsideration that our company, Holcim (US), filed in November 2011. Additionally, the EPA would also agree to propose to extend the existing compliance deadline of September 9, 2013.
Holcim has always agreed that there are good reasons to regulate the pollutants addressed by this rule, but we believe that allowing more time for its implementation will assist cement manufacturers in making the needed investments. To a large extent, the emission control technologies necessary to meet the emissions limitations currently established by this rule cannot be engineered, financed, and installed by the existing September 9, 2013 deadline.
Holcim seeks to minimize the environmental impacts of its operations and views its commitment to sustainable development as instrumental to its future prosperity. To that end, for more than ten years, Holcim has developed and implemented a corporate standard for emission monitoring and reporting that includes numerous voluntary investments and ongoing operational efforts. The above referenced Holcim (US) petition for reconsideration was possible because of these voluntary actions and your continued support.
I am optimistic that this path will lead us to a favorable resolution for our business, the environment and the thousands of well-paid manufacturing jobs that our company and the industry provide.
I really appreciate your interest and support in this matter and please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff if you have any questions.
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