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Holcim reaches agreement with conservation groups, USA

18 October 2004, Published under Cement News

Four area conservation organizations and Holcim (US) Inc. have reached an out-of-court settlement that clears the way for Holcim to proceed with construction of one of the world’s largest cement plants and a limestone quarry on the Mississippi River in Ste. Genevieve County in Missouri.   The $3 million out-of-court settlement ends the environmental groups’ four-year legal challenge to Holcim’s efforts. Under the settlement, Holcim will establish a conservation easement of almost 2,000 a...

Lehigh’s cement dust problems

14 October 2004, Published under Cement News

Saying her concerns represented those of a number of Mitchell residents, Toni Talbott addressed the Mitchell City Council last week to complain about cement dust levels coming from Lehigh Cement Co. Talbott, in talking to the city’s leaders, certainly brought valid concerns about health threats and the potential for damage to vehicles. Mitchell Mayor Morris "Butch" Chastain and other council members told her they were aware that many residents were talking about the excessive amount of dust....

Health and safety measures

14 October 2004, Published under Cement News

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) notes that the use of substitute fuels in cement kilns is subject to Integrated Pollution Prevention Control regulation and has been the source of considerable public concern. Consequently the HPA has produced this initial position statement on the public health consequences of these processes in order to help inform the debate. The HPA is referring this issue to the Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) for detailed consideration of healt...

Fight quarry threat to the white horse

08 October 2004, Published under Cement News

UK campaigners yesterday urged residents living near a top Wiltshire tourist attraction to fight a cement giant’s plans to extend a quarry towards recreational land. Nearby residents claimed proposals by Lafarge Cement UK to extend the chalk quarry serving its Westbury Works, on the edge of Salisbury Plain, would spoil the enjoyment of thousands of people who used the open green space near the Westbury White Horse. Thousands of people would lose out because the planned development would ex...

Environment Agency allows Castle Cement trial burning of MBM

06 October 2004, Published under Cement News

The Environment Agency has confirmed that Castle Cement will be allowed to carry out a trail burning of meat and bonemeal (MBM) at its Ribblesdale works in Clitheroe, Lancashire, UK. The six-month trial will see MBM used to provide up to 50 per cent of the heat required for the cement making process. During the trial Castle Cement will still continue to burn coal, chipped tyres and substitute fuel, Cemfuel. During the trials, Castle will have to carry out a rigorous programme of emissi...

Russian approval for Kyoto Protocol

04 October 2004, Published under Cement News

The Russian Cabinet endorsed the Kyoto Protocol last week, making international implementation of one of the most far-reaching and controversial environmental initiatives a near certainty.The decision puts an end to months of heated domestic debate over the international treaty that aims to curb climate change by limiting greenhouse gases. The European Union has been pushing Moscow to commit to the protocol. The fate of the protocol has hinged on Russian approval. In the absence of suppor...

Rugby Cement takeover fears

01 October 2004, Published under Cement News

Local protesters are up in arms over news that a Mexican company which was fined more than a quarter of a million dollars for breaching air quality laws are to take over Rugby Cement. Bosses at RMC, which owns Rugby Cement, announced this week that they had accepted a takeover bid from Cemex. But members of pollution protest group Rugby In Plume, which has campaigned for years about dangerous chemicals produced at the site, are furious after discovering the company was slapped with a heft...

Questions over the Dragon

01 October 2004, Published under Cement News

A US-Maine neighborhood group promises "consistent, persistent" effort to prod cement manufacturer Dragon Products on environmental issues, and it drew some 100 people to its first community meeting. "We don’t want to shut down Dragon," said Greg Marley of Rockland at a public gathering of Neighbors for a Safe Dragon on Tuesday night at Watts Hall. The session linked environmental and health concerns to alleged pollution from Dragon’s Route 1 plant.  Marley said it will take a "consistent...

Holcim clears hurdle in effort to build cement plant

01 October 2004, Published under Cement News

Holcim US operations has cleared another hurdle in its effort to build a $600 million cement plant in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri ruled Wednesday in favour of the company and the US Army Corps of Engineers in a suit regarding a permit for a harbor and a fleeting area filed by several environmental groups. In the decision, the judge noted that the Corps studied the relevant areas of environmental concern and made convincing state...

Enviromental stock watch

01 October 2004, Published under Cement News

Conventional wisdom says that US environmental stocks will suffer if President Bush is re-elected. But US company Headwaters should prosper however the election turns out, say specialist US analysts. Environmentalists love to hate coal-burning power plants, which spew all sorts of pollutants into the air. However, Headwaters recycles the ash and reportedly commands about half the US market for fly ash and other recyclable coal by-products and gets about 26% of its revenue by selling bulk ash...