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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cement emissions raise mercury in rivers, groups say

Published 7/24/08
A collection of environmental groups warned Wednesday that airborne mercury released from cement factories poses unrecognized risks in states with mercury-rich rivers, such as Florida.

Two plants in North Central Florida already take extra steps to limit mercury releases, said Andrew O'Hare, vice president for regulatory affairs at the Portland Cement Association. Those plants, in Branford near the Ichetucknee River and in Newberry west of Gainesville, are among eight in the state.

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