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Federal officials consider air pollution rules for cement kilns

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In Los Angeles today the federal Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comment about air pollution from cement plants. Current rules don’t require cement manufacturers to measure how much toxic mercury they release.

Joe Lyou of the California Environmental Rights Alliance likes the tougher new rules federal officials are proposing.

Joe Lyou: "But now when these new regulations are adopted by EPA we will have actual measurements of mercury emissions, and we will have much better grasp of what the real emissions are from the cement plants and how these rules are doing in terms of reducing those mercury emissions."

The EPA is convening hearings around the country this week. New rules limiting air pollution from cement could come out by early fall.