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UK watchdog warns Lafarge

06 June 2005, Published under Cement News

Lafarge was yesterday given a formal warning after the Environment Agency carried out an investigation at its Wiltshire plant.  The company had its knuckles rapped earlier this year when it was discovered staff at the Westbury works were falsifying test results on faulty concrete.  The Agency issued the warning after its audit of the multi-national found a failure to report one minor exceedance of a cement dust limit. 

Sumitomo Osaka Cement to use more ash

06 June 2005, Published under Cement News

The use of incinerator ash as a raw material in cement is to be increased by Sumitomo Osaka Cement. The company plans to have all of its plants set up to use the ash within three years.  However, in order to use incinerator ash in cement, a system that removes chlorine from the ash must be attached to the kiln.  The company currently has such facilities at three of its five plants and intends to install the necessary equipment at the remaining two plants in the next three years at a cost of u...

North Carolina fines cement company

06 June 2005, Published under Cement News

North Carolina air quality regulators fined an South Carolina-based manufacturer nearly $270,000 for failing to monitor its emissions and then submitting false data to the state.Solite did not conduct continual emissions checks for sulfur dioxide and other pollutants at a plant in Stanly County that made material used to make cement blocks, state regulators said. The company, a subsidiary of Giant Cement Holdings Inc. of Summerville, sold the plant to Carolina Stalite Corp. in September.Richa...

Ash Grove plans tyre test burn

06 June 2005, Published under Cement News

Ash Grove Cement Co in Louisville will begin a controversial test burn of scrap tyres on July 13, a company spokesman said. "We’re not sure of the number of days but it will be at least three days," said Ash Grove spokesman Lance Latham said. Ash Grove plans to add scrap tyres to coal and use the fuel mixture to power its cement kilns on the outskirts of this Cass County town. "Scrap tyres will be added at various rates to find the optimum (burning) rate for our process," Latham said. Ash Gro...

Lehigh possibly closer to burning sewage

03 June 2005, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement Co plans to burn sewage sludge from Baltimore to power one of its plants in Carroll County is one step closer to approval. Lehigh Cement Co. runs a distribution terminal in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Allentown, Pa.-based company proposes to use the sludge as a complete or partial replacement for the coal it burns at its plant in Union Bridge, WBAL-TV 11 News reported. The Carroll County Environmental Advisory Council is reported to have voted unanimously in favor of th...

Award for Shree Cement, India

03 June 2005, Published under Cement News

Shree Cement Ltd has received the TERI corporate award for environment excellence & corporate social responsibility award for 2003-04. It received this award jointly with Tata International Ltd.    

Holcim Romania’s social responsibility project

01 June 2005, Published under Cement News

Holcim Romania, a unit of Swiss cement company Holcim Ltd, will organise from June 14 to June 18, 2005 a series of training courses for 60 high school students from the cities of Alesd, Turda and Campulung in a project to develop social responsibility in the cities where the company is active.  The project, dubbed Build your Future, includes training courses by experts from local business training company Corporate Dynamics International. The courses will help students choose a career and in...

Calls to appoint new watchdog on cement kiln

31 May 2005, Published under Cement News

Calls were growing last night for an independent watchdog to monitor a controversial new £4m cement kiln.  The huge 300ft kiln at Padeswood near Buckley is due to be fired up next month.  It will burn chemical and plastic wastes as well as old tyres.  The kiln will be monitored by owners Castle Cement and independent government body Environment Agency Wales.  But campaigners fear more safeguards need to be put in place after environment protection officers failed to pick up on an earlier pro...

Dragon Cement receives historic designation

31 May 2005, Published under Cement News

The Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has designated the Dragon Cement plant and quarry as a State Significant Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. A dedication plaque was presented to the company at ASCE’s annual meeting in Rockport on May 25. Dragon joins other Maine landmarks with the designation, including Cribstone Bridge to Bailey Island, the Waldo/Hancock Bridge, the Poland Spring House, Portland Head Light and the Maine Turnpike. In addition, Dragon will ...

EU orders cut in Italy pollution allowances

31 May 2005, Published under Cement News

European Union regulators on Wednesday ordered a nine per cent reduction in air pollution allowed by permits that Italy is giving industry, seeking to ensure companies buy some allowances as the EU emissions-trading market nears completion.   Italy must cut carbon-dioxide allowances to 232.5Mt a year on average from 255.5Mt to become the 24th nation in the EU trading system for energy and manufacturing companies, the European Commission said. The ruling on Italy’s plan leaves only Greece wit...