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EPA refuses to designate Cupertino cement plant a Superfund site
Jun, 01 2012
(Californaia) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that it will not designate Lehigh Southwest Cement Company's plant near Cupertino a Superfund site, the EPA designation for the nation's most polluted areas.
However, the agency will keep investigating whether the plant is complying with federal environmental laws. The agency will further review the ecological impacts of Lehigh's discharges of selenium into the San Francisco Bay.
However, Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA's Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest emphasized that the discharges posed no human health risks.
The EPA started investigating Lehigh Southwest Cement Company's plant near Cupertino in response to a citizen's petition urging investigation of potential hazards to human health and the environment.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment yesterday.
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