Part of the reason everyone was so excited about the modernization, said Kelly, is that it will not only be an economic boon but will greatly reduce many of the plant's emissions, including mercury (a 66 percent reduction), sulfur dioxide (a 95 percent reduction), oxides of nitrogen, or smog (a 60 percent reduction) and fine particulate matter (a 37 percent reduction).
"What we're going to have is a plant that can produce a lot more cement, and its emissions are going to be a lot more friendly to the environment," Kelly said.
He added that since the plant will be moving from a wet to a dry-fired kiln, Lafarge won't have to draw water from the Hudson.
Reagan said that if all goes well, the new plant could be up and running by late 2014, which would be right on schedule. Though the factory will have to be shut down for a certain period of the construction, it will continue to produce cement for most of the modernization process.""