At a series of public hearings held by the EPA, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) spoke out against proposed air pollutant regulations that it believes could hurt the nation's portland cement manufacturing industry. The EPA-proposed amendments to the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants include new standards for mercury, total hydrocarbons, hydrochloric acid, and particulate matter. According to the PCA, the new standards are too costly to implement, and would force cement plants to close, resulting in thousands of fewer jobs and forcing American companies to import cement from abroad. At the hearings, the PCA recommended the EPA revise the proposed legislation to make regulations more reasonable. For more information, go to