April 03, 2006 15:51 ET

St. Lawrence Cement Group Announces the Dismissal of Federal Court Litigation in Camden, New Jersey

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2006) - St. Lawrence Cement Group (SLCG) (TSX:ST.SV.A) is pleased to announce today that the pending federal court litigation in Camden, New Jersey, involving the company's GranCem™ grinding facility has been dismissed.

The federal litigation was originally filed in February 2001 by South Camden Citizens in Action (SCCIA) against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). SCCIA claimed among other things, that the NJDEP intentionally discriminated against minority residents of the Waterfront South Camden community by issuing an air permit to the Camden plant, which authorized St. Lawrence Cement Group to operate a slag grinding facility on property owned by the South Jersey Port Corporation. SCCIA and its members sought to have the company's air permit rescinded, as well as pursuing other claims for relief and damages.

On March 31, 2006, Judge Wolfson, for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, issued a 68-page opinion, agreeing with the Company and NJDEP, and dismissed all claims. As a result, the case is closed, subject to appeal by the plaintiffs.

"We are pleased that the Camden litigation has now been successfully resolved," stated Mike Davis, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Division. "Our Company has made an important and long-term investment in Camden and we look forward to continuing our ongoing community outreach activities while being an important economic contributor to the Camden community for many years to come".

The Camden plant started operations in the second quarter of 2001. The facility which employs 22 people manufactures GranCem™, a substitute to cement. SLCG is a leading producer and supplier of products and services for the construction industry, namely cement, concrete, aggregates and construction. SLCG operates in Canada and on the eastern seaboard of the United States, and employs a total of 3,200 people.

Contact Information

  • St. Lawrence Cement Group Inc.
    Nicole Jarry
    Director, Corporate Communications
    (514) 340-1555, ext. 206