Justice-Clean Air-Texas

DALLAS (AP) - A group of environmental activists is hailing settlements reached by a container glass-maker and a cement manufacturer with the federal government.
The Justice Department says Saint-Gobain Containers Inc. of Muncie, Ind., and Lavarge North America Inc. of Herndon, Va., could end up paying $282 million to cut emissions at 28 plants around the country under the Clean Air Act settlements.
Downwinders at Risk is a Texas environmental group that's often critical of the nation's largest concentration of cement kilns, just south of Dallas. Group director Jim Schermbeck says the deals will have sweeping effects on the industry.
For years, Schermbeck's group has been promoting the selective catalytic reduction system for the 10 kilns in the town of Midlothian. He says they would go a long way in cleaning up the notoriously polluted air in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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