Environmental

27 July 2005

Holcim plant to limit use of slag

Holcim Inc has agreed to limit the amount of slag it uses from Asarco’s idled East Helena, Montana, plant — and will not use any more slag from a Canadian smelter — after tests from the state sh

25 July 2005

Cement plant pares plans to burn tires

After two years of reviews and revisions Lafarge North America has filed a new application with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to burn 4.8 million tires annually at its Ravena ceme

22 July 2005

Farmer fails in bid to challenge waste burn

A UK farm-owner failed in a High Court challenge to plans to burn animal waste at a cement works. She claims that if the scheme goes ahead it will blight her home and contaminate her farmland. Mrs M

21 July 2005

Deal reached on TXI cement kiln

A long-running dispute over the use of pollution controls at TXI Operations’ Midlothian Texas cement kiln has been resolved. The Dallas-based company has reached a preliminary agreement to aband

20 July 2005

Cement firm’s dump pollutes ground water

Ground water is being contaminated from an illegal 170,000t dump on CRH lands at Blessington, Co Wicklow, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed yesterday. Last week, the EPA decided to refuse

18 July 2005

Cement plant agrees to air pollution fine

Lehigh Cement has reached the settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over emissions from two kilns, where tests in December 2003 found one kiln releasing 2.84 pounds of carbon monoxide pe

15 July 2005

Slag use at cement plant raises more air concerns

The Holcim Trident cement plant near Three Forks, Montana in the US is drawing more criticism for its use of industrial waste, this time slag imported from a Canadian lead and zinc operation. The Mont

15 July 2005

Foundation sets awards for sustainable construction

Late last year in Zurich, Switzerland, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction invited architects, engineers and other specialists in the construction industry to join the first ever Holcim

15 July 2005

CO2 trading worth more than cement

European cement producers ’could make more from carbon trading than from exports’ In essence, producers could make more cash by reducing exports and trading surplus carbon emission allowa

13 July 2005

Gosepa to Investigate Ashaka Cement

Nigeria: Gombe State Environmental Sanitation and Protection Agency (Gosepa) is to investigate Ashaka Cement Company over environmental pollution. Chairman of the agency, Alhaji Yaya Hammari in an int

08 July 2005

More pollution found near Detroit resort

The same highly alkaline contamination that forced sections of Little Traverse Bay shoreline in the Bay Harbor resort to close has been discovered in the water off Resort Township’s East Park. A

04 July 2005

Lagan switches to MBM fuel

Lagan Cement has welcomed a decision by Meath County Council, Ireland, to grant planning permission for a change of fuel use to allow it to co-fuel its kilns with Meat and Bone Meal (MBM). It said th

04 July 2005

Factory threat to cave system

India’s longest network of underground caves is in danger from a chain of cement factories the Meghalaya government has allowed to come up right above them. Chief minister D.D. Lapang got sucked into

29 June 2005

Factory town questioning illnesses

Cement factories have brought thousands of jobs and years of prosperity to Midlothian, Texas a thriving community of about 12,000. But environmentalists say the cement plants are also responsible for

29 June 2005

Holcim builds upon strong foundations

Holcim Philippines successfully completed the integration of its information technology (IT) system with the Holcim Asia Pacific IT cluster, through "Connect Philippines," a seven-month in-house proje

29 June 2005

Pacemco unveils new grinding concept

Pacific Cement Company, Inc. (Pacemco) in the Philippines is a two-time recipient of the Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency and Energy Management Award. Last year, Pacemco also became the fourth Hall