Weitz & Luxenberg is no longer accepting cases concerning the Lafarge Cement Plant. This information is provided for informational purposes only.
Alpena residents may seek a possible lawsuit with our firm if they believe the Lafarge cement plant caused illness or devalued property.
The Lafarge site in Alpena, Michigan is a five-kiln plant, and in 2006 was the nation's third largest cement plant.
These kilns collectively reported emitting 360 pounds of mercury in 2006, according to a report by Earthjustice non-profit lawyers.
The Alpena cement plant is of particular concern because it sits on the banks of Lake Huron and in close proximity to residential areas of Alpena, according to Earthjustice.
That nonprofit's report -- "Cementing a Toxic Legacy?" -- drew on the latest EPA data, which found that the nation's 151 cement plants generate 22,918 pounds of airborne mercury each year.
Previously, EPA believed that cement kilns accounted for about 11,995 pounds of annual mercury emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency has said mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that interferes with the brain and nervous system.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight percent of American women of childbearing age have mercury in their bodies at levels high enough to put their babies at risk of birth defects, loss of IQ, learning disabilities and developmental problems.
What you can do about Lafarge-Alpena
Residents of Alpena who have been affected by the Lafarge cement plant have a right to seek justice.
Our environmental lawyers may be able to help your community take Lafarge-Alpena to task for any harm it may have caused.
As one of the nation’s leading plaintiffs’ litigation law firms, Weitz & Luxenberg can provide you with the legal strength you need to take on companies that have polluted your community with dangerous chemicals.
We are here to help ensure that you and your neighbors have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink, and that your property is protected from activities that threaten to devalue it, such as corporate dumping.
The firm recently secured a landmark settlement against some of the country's biggest oil companies for contaminating public drinking water supplies with a gasoline additive known as methyl butyl tertiary ether, or MTBE. Most of those defendants agreed to pay $423 million to settle suits involving the contamination of 153 public and private drinking water systems nationally.
Weitz & Luxenberg has been winning such cases for over 20 years.
If you have been affected by the Lafarge cement plant in Alpena or any another corporate polluter, we may be able to help. Please complete the form below for a free legal evaluation. We will be in touch shortly.
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