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Cement Plant Gets Final Air Permit

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – The country's largest cement plant is another step closer to being built south of St. Louis.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued its final air permit Tuesday to Swiss cement maker Holcim for a plant in Ste. Genevieve County.

But Holcim spokeswoman Nancy Tully said the company must jump a few more hurdles before breaking ground.

"We will begin construction, however we are in litigation on two of our permits," Tully said. "We do anticipate some litigation with this permit. So once we finish the litigation process, we will begin construction."

Ted Heisel, with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment said the plant needs better pollution controls, but he is not certain if his group will file suit.

"We fully intend to use every legal avenue to try to at the very least mitigate some of the effects that the plant will have on the environment," Heisel said.

Heisel said his organization needs to examine the permit before deciding if they'll sue.

Holcim says the plant will use state-of-the-art pollution controls.

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