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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...

Plan to combat pollution rewards the ’dirty’

26 March 2004, Published under Cement News

An Irish government scheme to combat global warming is self-defeating because it rewards "dirty firms" and encourages them to stay in business, an Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) publication claims. ESRI analyst Professor John Fitzgerald said Ireland’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gasemissions were bad policy and unnecessarily expensive.  Writing in the ESRI’s Economic Quarterly, Prof Fitzgerald critically assesses the"well-intentioned but badly designed" European policy that I...

Europe – Saving energy-intensive industry billions

26 March 2004, Published under Cement News

Next month, the European Union (EU) is expected to approve the “linking directive”, an amendment to its emissions trading scheme (ETS) that has the potential to save energy intensive industries billions of euros in carbon reduction costs. Under the amendment, EU companies would be allowed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by means of projects in non-EU countries and use the carbon credits from those projects to trade in the CO2 market. This directive is particularly important to count...

UK – Greenhouse gas levels still increasing

26 March 2004, Published under Cement News

As more coal was burned in power stations and electricity imports from the continent fell, the Scotland increased its carbon emissions by 1.5 per cent between 2002 and 2003. However, UK levels remained lower than in 2001. Carbon dioxide emissions during 2003 stood at 152.5Mt, seven per cent below the 1990 benchmark. The UK is committed to lower its carbon dioxide levels by 20 per cent of this benchmark level by 2010 and by 60 per cent by 2050.