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Mercury rules adds to Titan Cement plant's obstacles


WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - New federal regulations limiting the amount of mercury a factory can discharge could make it even tougher to open a much-debated North Carolina cement plant.

The Environmental Protection Agency regulations would force the Titan America plant proposed for Castle Hayne to cut planned mercury emissions by more than 80 percent.

The plant would be built along a river that already has a problem with mercury pollution.

Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that's especially harmful to young children.

A state Superior Court judge in May sided with environmental opponents of the cement plant. The judge ruled the company must conduct a full and upfront environmental review before it can receive an air pollution permit.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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