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U.S. House Passes Bill Delaying EPA Requirements on Cement Plant Emissions

By Michelle Bliss

Wilmington, NC – This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011.

161 lawmakers voted against the measure, including 7th District Congressman Mike McIntyre, but the bill won out with 262 votes in its favor.

The bill gives Portland cement manufacturing plants more time to meet new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency on air emissions.

Supporters argue that the industry needs more time to update its equipment and that the regulations make it harder for companies to create and maintain jobs.

Opponents argue that the bill is an attack on the environment and that toxic air emissions cause cancer, birth defects, and brain damage.

The bill was introduced to the House in July and now moves on to the Senate.

Last month, the North Carolina Division of Air Quality hosted public hearings in Wilmington on Titan America's draft air permit for the company's proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne.

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