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Extra eye to be kept on chimney

11 November 2004, Published under Cement News

Another camera is likely to be trained on an industrial chimney in Rugby to monitor chemicals which pour out.  Rugby borough council officers have recommended an extra CCTV camera at Beechwood Courts flats in the town to film the chimney at Rugby Cement, in Lawford Road.   The council"s environmental health director, Karen Stone, said: "While pollution incidents should be detected by the air quality monitoring network, the stack camera will allow a back-up system and may aid in determining th...

Guangdong addresses dust problems

11 November 2004, Published under Cement News

Guangdong Province is expected to introduce a floating dust warning system to help tackle worsening air pollution. Meteorological departments in the province have established observation stations in Guangzhou’s Panyu District, as well as the cities of Zhongshan, Dongguan and Foshan in the prosperous Pearl River Delta. "The move aims to further monitor the province’s dusty weather and help collect more first-hand material for future introduction of the new warning system," said Wu Dui, a rese...

EPA pressed to set mercury limits for cement factories

10 November 2004, Published under Cement News

Four years ago, a US Federal judge ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on the amount of mercury cement factories may discharge into the air. Today those plants, including seven in Florida, still are discharging mercury, with no legal limits. Environmental lawyers went back to court in recent weeks to get firm deadlines for the EPA to set those limits. The agency’s refusal to act infuriates December McSherry, an Alachua County resident. She and her husband raise b...

Cement Likely to Be Used in road building

10 November 2004, Published under Cement News

Cement could soon replace bitumen in building roads, a top Kenyan official said yesterday. A Government-backed study on the advantages of using cement instead of bitumen has been completed and experimental work using cement would be carried out on Mbagathi Road, Nairobi, to gauge the costs. Kenya Roads Boards executive director Isaiah Mutonyi said the results would help the Government to decide whether to approve the use of cement in all future road building projects. He was speaking at t...

Company seeks to build cement production quarry

09 November 2004, Published under Cement News

A company has revived a proposal for a limestone quarry and cement plant north of Paulden in the US. Drake Cement LLC hopes to mine limestone on 59 acres of the Prescott National Forest about five miles north of Paulden and one mile east of Highway 89. It plans to process the limestone on neighboring private land for at least 10 years, using a 3500-foot conveyor system to move the materials. It wants to start construction next spring. The company has bought mining claims and related interest...

Water problems blamed on cement firm

08 November 2004, Published under Cement News

An Onoway-area man appeared before the provincial Environmental Appeal Board Friday alleging Lafarge Canada is responsible for the decline in groundwater under his property. Lafarge uses holding and settling ponds to filter out sediments accumulated by the washing of gravel. Pond water is recycled when it seeps back into groundwater aquifers. Northcott said higher levels of heavy metals and a drop in the level of his well have occurred since the late 1990s. He blamed Lafarge, alleging the...

St Lawrence Cement Greenport project

03 November 2004, Published under Cement News

St. Lawrence Cement has been engaged for the past several years in the process of obtaining the necessary permits for a replacement cement plant in Greenport, New York. The proposed Greenport plant would replace St. Lawrence’s existing plant in Catskill, NY, constructively improving air quality in the region. On October 21, the Company announced that it will seek revised air permits that reduce the maximum limits on air emissions of annual gross tons of primary components of concern (PM, NOx...

Cement kiln emissions are under fire in Maine

02 November 2004, Published under Cement News

A Washington, DC-based environmental group has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the federal Environmental Protection Agency to comply with a previous court order to regulate air emissions from cement kilns nationwide, including the one at Dragon Products Co. in Thomaston. Earthjustice, which filed the lawsuit last week on behalf of the Sierra Club, says there are 137 producers of Portland cement in the United States. Portland cements, known for their levels of strength and durability, ar...

Cement factory hits target

01 November 2004, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement UK says it has met an environmental improvement target seven years ahead of schedule. The company, which operates the Westbury works, has cut emissions of dust per tonne of cement made at its factories to less than 30 percent of the levels recorded in 1990. Lafarge had set until 2013 to achieve the target, but announced the success in its annual environmental statement. National environment manager Danny Lawrence said: "Continually improving all aspects of our environmen...

Residents argue at Blue Circle burn plans

29 October 2004, Published under Cement News

Residents concerned about Blue Circle Southern Cement plant’s plan to burn alternative fuels asked for further studies on the possible health and environmental effects of the plan at a public meeting on Wednesday.  Around 70 people attended the meeting at Moss Vale Chamber of Commerce with environmental engineering and science consultant John Court and Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources (DIPNR) environmental planning officer Tim Ward at the Moss Vale Civic Centre. ...