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Taiwan Cement sued over waste

09 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Environmentalists yesterday sued Taiwan Cement Corp for illegally discharging waste oil in Hualien, while urging the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to release a report on soil samples taken at the company’s factory. Before handing in their evidence to the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office, environmentalists and sympathetic lawmakers condemned what they called the EPA’s lax management of hazardous industrial waste. Chung Pao-chu , head of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Un...

Cement plant applies for state grant

08 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Quick off the mark, The Holcim cement plant in Ellis County, Fort Worth has applied for a state grant to install experimental pollution control equipment and determine whether it helps reduce ozone-forming emissions that affect the region. The company announced Tuesday that it’s asking for US$2m to install the equipment. Once installed, the company would pay to maintain and operate the equipment, which would cost as much as US$2m a year, officials say. If approved, and if the pollution contr...

New technology for cement

08 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Scientists at the US Department of Energy¹s Brookhaven National Laboratory have helped develop a new technology that converts material dredged from the bottoms of harbors and waterways into a substance that can be made into construction-grade cement. The technology, called Cement-Lock, was developed in collaboration with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the State of New Jersey, and other government and public groups. To ensure that the port can continue to service large conta...

State regulators considering aid for cement kilns

07 April 2004, Published under Cement News

State funds could be available for use by some cement kiln operators to reduce air pollution if their plants are included in a federal non attainment area with Dallas and Fort Worth. A Texas Commission on Environmental Quality member said the goal would be reducing ozone-producing pollution in Ellis County. The proposal could be implemented if all or part of Ellis County is grouped with the Dallas-Fort Worth area when new federal ozone regulations go into effect. It calls for using state eco...

Hebridean superquarry plan finally buried

06 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Plans to create Britain’s biggest quarry were scrapped yesterday, marking the end of Scotland’s longest-running planning dispute.  The cement manufacturer Lafarge Aggregates said that it was withdrawing from the quarry project at Lingerbay on Harris and halting all outstanding legal action.  The decision was welcomed by environmental groups which have been battling the "superquarry" plan since it was first proposed in 1991.  Duncan McLaren of Friends of the Earth Scotland said: "This is a gr...

Thai authorities to get tough

01 April 2004, Published under Cement News

After decades of failing to curb the dust from rock quarries and cement plants which blankets many parts of Saraburi province in a haze, the Pollution Control Department is planning tough new action. Two of the hardest-hit areas, Na Phra Lan and Kaeng Khoi districts, contain more than a hundred of the environment-damaging plants and are densely populated.  The fine dust hangs in the air, obscuring visibility and posing a major health threat, especially to residents’ lungs. Despite a series o...

UK – Environment Agency seeks views substitute fuel regulations

29 March 2004, Published under Cement News

The UK Environment Agency has launched a consultation to seek views on proposed revisions to the way it regulates the use of substitute fuels in cement and lime production. The consultation document is the product of a review of the use of wastes as substitute fuels in cement and lime kilns worldwide, combined with evidence and experience in the UK. The Substitute Fuels Protocol as it is known details the principles and practices for substitute fuel use. The Agency is inviting commen...

Jordan – No decision on petcoke use yet

28 March 2004, Published under Cement News

Minister of Environment Alia Bouran has denied reports that the government will allow Jordan Cement Factories Company (JCFC) to use petcoke in its cement production process. She added that the government has teamed with up with Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company to find alternative fuels that do not harm the environment or its population in the production of cement. Moreover, she pointed out that JCFC is already implementing a pollution control plan. Last February, the company earmarked J...

USA – Public comments due for Holcim’s Ste Genevieve plan

27 March 2004, Published under Cement News

On Monday, 30 March, local area residents will be able to comment on Holcim’s plan to build a 4.4Mt cement plant in Ste Genevieve County. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold public hearings on the draft form of the company’s air pollution permit in St Louis and Ste Genevieve. When granted, the permit would enable Holcim to build its cement manufacturing works, quarry and coal preparation site on the bank of the Mississippi River. Holcim sources commented that the plant...

China counts economic costs of water shortages

26 March 2004, Published under Cement News

Water tables are falling. Rivers run black with effluent. Cities are slowly sinking into their foundations and acid rain falls across almost a third of China’s land area.  The chronic degradation of China’s environment is not new. But official alarm is growing in step with the costs that such degradation extract from the economy, raising implications for international commodity prices and Beijing’s plans for political reform.  "China faces a serious problem of water shortages. This has becom...