February 19, 2015

Agreement Between McInnis Cement and the Centre Québécois du Droit de l’Environnement (CQDE)

Canada: McInnis Cement has reached an agreement with the Centre québécois du Droit de l’Environnement (CQDE) regarding the proceedings filed in August 2014 against the Environment Minister, aimed at invalidating McInnis Cement’s authorisation certificate for its cement plant project in Port-Daniel–Gascons. McInnis Cement and the CQDE have agreed to create an environmental subcommittee and to pursue discussions in a mediation process that will address three issues:

1. The monitoring of greenhouse gases (GHG) from the cement plant and McInnis Cement’s efforts to reduce GHG;

2. The monitoring of McInnis Cement’s performance in complying with the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) standards with regards to the emission of contaminants;

3. The monitoring of McInnis Cement’s compliance with the protocol agreed to with Fisheries and Oceans Canada concerning the protection of marine mammals.

In addition to the CQDE, the Conseil régional de l’Environnement de la Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Nature-Québec have been invited to the mediation process, as well as the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte aux Changements climatiques. The work of the enlarged forum will ensure a long-term dialogue around the future cement plant and is part of McInnis Cement’s sustainable development values.

“From day one of Lafarge’s filing of the request, McInnis Cement stated that it was a maneuver to slow the arrival of a competitor in the market. The withdrawal of the environmental groups is leaving Lafarge alone in the legal proceedings and highlight its non-competitive purpose,” explained Christian Gagnon, CEO of McInnis Cement. “McInnis Cement is aware of its carbon footprint and is committed to gradually reducing its GHG. In this context, we choose the path of dialogue, opting for a mediation with environmental groups about this global issue,” said Gagnon.

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