I would be interested to know if there are any/many asbestos-related illnesses from exposure at the plant.
Dundee Cement is listed as an Asbestos Job Site. So is Dundee High School.http://www.duboselawfirm.com/asbestosjobsitesmichigan03.html
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited Holcim Inc. in 2006 for alleged clean-air violations, contending that Holcim has exceeded limits on "opacity, or the amount of light obscured by particulates (smoke, dust, ash)."
In addition, the EPA says, Holcim has exceeded temperature limits at its baghouses, which are used as air pollution control devices for the kilns at the facility.http://www.weitzlux.com/holcim_1936760.html
According to submissions made by Holcim Inc. to the Toxic Release Inventory, maintained by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the cement plant emitted over 2 million pounds of toxic chemicals in 2006 alone.
Such emissions include lead, benzene, mercury and other toxins, which are released from kiln stacks, pre-heaters and cooling towers.
The emissions from the Holcim cement plant may be negatively impacting the air quality in the Village of Dundee and consequently the health of the community.
“Dundee residents have a right to take action if their health and welfare, or the value or the use and enjoyment of their property is being compromised by particles coming from a cement plant,” said Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental Toxic Torts unit at Weitz & Luxenberg.http://www.weitzlux.com/holcim-cement_1936791.html