News Headlines (prior to 2015)

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Cupertino council welcomes new members, says goodbye to others. Lehigh pollution a factor.
– December 03, 2014

A Victory! After much pressure from BACE and other citizen groups, the Lehigh Cement Plant has agreed to replace the central smokestack they illegally removed in the 1960’s. – January 13, 2014

Communities Across the Country Bombarded By Pollution Urge EPA to Follow Current Science – Earthjustice
News July 3, 2013

Exposure to high pollution levels during pregnancy may increase risk of having child with autism.  Is the cement plan causing our Autism epidemic?  Harvard School of Public Health – June 18, 2013

Harvard Study: “Women who were exposed to thehighest levels of diesel or mercury in the air were twice as likely to have a child with autism” – Huffington Post June 18, 2013

Lehigh Cement, Sierra Club reach settlement on Permanente Creek suit – Mercury News – May 2, 2013

Lehigh cement settles Cupertino pollution suit for $10 million – April 25, 2013

Communities Ask Court for Protection from Toxic Air Pollution – April 17, 2013

Cupertino’s Lehigh cement plant and quarry criticized for mercury emissions – March 5, 2013

Are The New Weakened Cement Standards Enough? – January 14, 2013

Christmas Comes Early for Cement Industry – December 22, 2012

EPA imposes new pollution limits on boilers, cement plants – December 21, 2012

Boiler, Incinerator and Cement Cleanup will Cut Pollution and Save Lives – December 21, 2012

EPA Finalizes Clean Air Standards for Industrial Boilers, Incinerators and Cement Kilns/Updated rules provide extensive public health protections, cut costs of compliance – December 21, 2012

Lehigh Quarry’s Toxic Impact on Local Air and Watershed – December 21, 2012

Lawsuits emerge over Lehigh operations: Cement plant sues air quality management district; Regional – December 5, 2012

Lehigh Southwest Cement Company Faces Legal Challenge to Environmental Impact Report – November 29, 2012

Lehigh at the Center of Two Lawsuits – November 29, 2012

KQED News: Rules Tightened on Cupertino Cement Plant, a Big Source of Bay Area Mercury – September 19, 2012

Great presentation at City Hall today by Dr. Gary Latshaw, the Air Quality Chairman of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. The slides are available here (34 Megs, Powerpoint). – August 12, 2012

EPA Dirties Clean Air Legacy with Proposal to Weaken and Delay Cement Rule – June 25, 2012

Patchcast: County Board ignores residents, votes to let Lehigh expand gigantic waste pile(video) – July 9, 2012

Lehigh Prevails with Supes Decision on Reclamation Plan – June 22 2012

Lehigh Restoration Plan Approved; Opponents Stunned by Rock Pile Size – June 11 2012

New Study Finds Skyrocketing Increase in Autism: Group says link to environmental factors shown, gov’t should regulate toxic chemicals – April 1, 2012

After Stinging Commentary, County Postpones Cement Hearing – March 9, 2012

Baykeepers names Lehigh as largest source of toxic mercury pollution in S.F. Bay – March 1, 2012

Council to Air District: More Stringent Standards for Lehigh

The actual letter (PDF)
– Feb. 9 2012