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No word from Cox on sharing of Lafarge settlement

Submitted by on May 4, 2010 – 4:52 amNo Comment

Alpena County is still waiting to hear back from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office on whether it will share a portion of the financial settlement the State received from Lafarge North America Inc.

Michigan received $490,000 from a settlement between Lafarge and the U.S. departments of justice and environmental protection agency.  Eleven other states also received a portion of the settlement that stems from allegations Lafarge committed a number of violations under the Clean Air Act, something the company still refutes.

Since the Lafarge cement plant in Alpena was listed in the federal lawsuit, commissioners believe the County should receive a share of the award to help fund the local emergency management team, fire departments, the health department and the HazMat team-which is called to handle dangerous goods.

County Commissioner Bill Estlack helped draft the February letter to Attorney General Mike Cox, asking for a portion of the proceeds.  Estlack says the County has not received a response and he isn’t sure it will.   

Estlack says there are no plans at this time to send Cox a second letter.