CEMEX USA and clean water advocacy groups Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Orange County Coastkeeper, and its chapter Inland Empire Waterkeeper, have agreed to a plan regarding the Clean Water Act.
CEMEX USA, along with the clean water advocacy groups have agreed on a plan to enhance stormwater management from three of CEMEX’s ready-mix plants in Southern California to resolve an ongoing dispute regarding the Clean Water Act.
Under the agreement, CEMEX will upgrade Best Management Practices for stormwater at plants in Irvine (Orange County), Fontana (San Bernardino County), and Compton (Los Angeles County). CEMEX also agreed to enhance water-testing protocols beyond current testing requirements. “CEMEX strives to be a good neighbour in the communities in which we live and operate, and this agreement continues that commitment in Southern California,” said Eric Wittmann, CEMEX USA Regional President, West Region.
Orange County Coastkeeper and Los Angeles Waterkeeper filed a complaint in early 2017 claiming stormwater from three CEMEX facilities raised pH and metal levels in nearby waterways, violating the Clean Water Act. While CEMEX refuted the claims, the recent agreement reflects a commitment to the the Clean Water Act, with CEMEX contributing US$55 000 to identify and fund future environmental-mitigation projects.
“We’re proud of CEMEX for its commitment to improving the waters that our families and wildlife depend on,” said Colin Kelly, Senior Staff Attorney at Coastkeeper. “By capturing and reusing its stormwater, CEMEX will protect our swimmable waters while lowering its water use in the process.”
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/the-americas/09072018/cemex-reaches-agreement-on-clean-water-act/