Vallejo Divided Over Proposed Cement Mill

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Texas-based ORCEM is proposing to convert the former General Mills plant in Vallejo into a grinding mill for cement production. The city is also mulling whether to allow a new deepwater shipping terminal at the same location. (Craig Miller/KQED)

Orcem California’s proposal to turn the former General Mills plant in Vallejo into a cement mill has split the community. Out-of-work Vallejo residents and some city officials see the development as an opportunity to revive an aching local economy. But other residents and environmental groups fear that the proposed development would significantly increase smog and might be a disguised effort to transport coal through the city. Forum discusses the proposed project and hears from both sides of the debate.

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Guests:

Lesley McClurg, science reporter, KQED

Boudicca Todi, social media strategist, Fresh Air Vallejo

Buck Kamphausen, south Vallejo resident; supports proposed cement mill

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