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UK – Lafarge calls for debate on building material sources

16 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Although the long-running story of the Lingerbay quarry has come to an end, the debate where building materials are to come from in the future, remains. The company at the centre of the quarry issue, building materials producer Lafarge, has called for a debate on the issue, saying that the UK consumes around 260Mt of building materials annually with only 60Mt recycled. Lafarge’s executive director Nigel Jackson: ”The UK is is richly endowed with mineral resources and there is a need f...

Chile – Cemento Melón inaugurates tyre burning

15 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Chilean cement producer Cemento Melón has inaugurated a new system that will allow the company to burn used tyres in its No 9 kiln at La Calera. At a cost of US$1.5m, Melón envisages the incineration of 1.5m tyres annually, replacing 20 per cent of current fuel use by this type of alternative fuel. Tyres and residues will be supplied by Goodyear, with whom the cement producer has formed a strategic alliance.  

An Taisce appeals against new quarry

14 April 2004, Published under Cement News

The main street of Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, Ireland is "suffering devastating safety and environmental impacts from the high level of truck movements generated by various parts of the Quinn Group", according to An Taisce.  The heavy traffic arises from a cement factory outside the village, without its own source of limestone on site; a nearby warehouse; and, just across the Border on the road to Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, a concrete works and a glass factory.  To this range of operations, Quinn ...

Town gets toxic waste burn

09 April 2004, Published under Cement News

A controversial plan to burn a variety of waste solvents at a UK Wiltshire cement works looked certain to go ahead last night after the Government ruled out holding a public inquiry into the trial.  Lafarge wants to use recycled liquid fuels (RLFs) instead of coal at its Westbury cement works.  A six-month trial is expected to be approved soon by the Environment Agency - but calls from local Liberal Democrats and Conservative frontbench MPs for a public inquiry into the plan before permissio...

Judge gives go ahead for tyre burning fight

09 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Campaigners have been given the go-ahead to fight the UK Environment Agency’s controversial decision on tyre burning in the High Court.  A judge gave a green light to the case, which will discuss the EA’s decision to allow Rugby Cement to burn tyres at its Lawford Road plant, this week.  He said even though the driving force behind the opposition was a local pressure group with thousands of supporters. Rugby in Plume campaigners are delighted with the news and say it has come at a time of pa...

Shandong to issue dust emission standards

09 April 2004, Published under Cement News

China Shandong: At present, Shandong’s cement industrial dust emission volume has around a 70% share in its total industrial dust emission volume. Accordingly, it will be designed to issue a local dust emission standard for the cement industry in a bid to protect the local atmosphere. Shandong has been a major production source in cement output in China for a lot of years.  An official from the Shandong Environmental Protection Bureau (SEPB) says that Shandong is a major cement production pr...

Energy Panel Chief Pushes EPA

09 April 2004, Published under Cement News

United States: The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee recently demanded a private meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt to press one point: He wants Ellis County, Texas, removed from a list of counties that fail to meet new air quality standards.  Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) has been an unabashed promoter of Ellis County, which is part of his district and home to three major cement plants.  Leavitt said in an interview this week that he had...

State lung unit joins foes of proposed cement plant

09 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Citing concerns about air quality, the American Lung Association of New York State Wednesday joined the coalition fighting St. Lawrence Cement’s plans to build a cement plant in Columbia County.  St. Lawrence wants to close a 1960s-era cement plant in Catskill, Greene County, and build a US$320m plant with three times its capacity across the Hudson River in the City of Hudson and Town of Greenport.  Compared with the old plant, the new plant is projected to reduce emissions of several pollut...

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...