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Garadag cement pays fine

24 March 2004, Published under Cement News

BAKU: Garadagh Cement has paid the State Environmental Fund of Azerbaijan AzM350m, Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Hussein Baghirov informed reporters.  ’The new management of the company paid the fine of their own accord’, Minister Baghirov mentioned.  This fine was paid for violation of the environmental protection requirements and rules at the truss mine of Garadagh Cement in Tovuz province of Azerbaijan. The company was discarding the fertile soil layer while digging for tr...

Cement firms prepare to replace coal

24 March 2004, Published under Cement News

The South African cement industry is set to embark on a multi-million rand project to systematically replace some of the coal used in its kilns with alternative, waste-derived fuels. The first waste material to be targeted is scrap tyres – regarded as a major environmental problem by the government, where it has been estimated that more than 22-million scrap tyres are now stockpiled in one region alone. The cement sector’s plans to locally implement the global trend of partially firing kilns...

Maine legislator joins plant protest

24 March 2004, Published under Cement News

Adding to the inter-state opposition to St. Lawrence Cement’s plans to build a cement plant in Hudson, the majority leader of Maine’s Senate, Sharon Anglin Treat, has expressed ’’profound concerns’’ in a letter to New York Gov. George Pataki.  After meeting with the Poughkeepsie-based environmental group Scenic Hudson, she wrote Pataki March 5 with concerns about how the plant would affect air quality in the Northeast.  St. Lawrence Cement wants to close a 1960s-era cement plant in Catskill, ...

Lafarge plan may drive tourists away

22 March 2004, Published under Cement News

UK: Locals are vowing to fight a planned quarry extension, which they say will be disastrous for Westbury’s White Horse.  Lafarge Cement hopes to double the size of its stone quarry, just below the town’s famous attraction, but some residents fear this will drive tourists away from the beauty spot.  The cement firm owns mineral rights to the area and is expected to lodge a formal planning application with Wiltshire County Council in the next few months. Before this bosses have been in prelim...

Cut costs with rice husk fuels

19 March 2004, Published under Cement News

Asia’s cement makers are cutting their fossil fuel consumption and turning to the rice paddy across the street for a greener, cheaper and potentially more abundant fuel to heat their kilns. Cement plants in the world’s largest rice exporters, Thailand and India, have started to replace coal with rice husks that would have otherwise been incinerated and dumped in landfills. Offering savings of millions of dollars a year, other rice producers such as China - the world’s largest cement produce...

Portugal proposes 39Mt in CO2 licences

18 March 2004, Published under Cement News

Portugal has proposed emission of 39Mt of carbon dioxide from 2005 to 2007 under a European Union plan on output of greenhouse gasses, according to a preliminary proposal made available on Wednesday.  The national allocation plan comes ahead of an end-March EU deadline to submit proposals on quotas for carbon dioxide emissions, believed to be a key factor in climate change.  Of Portugal’s total, the power sector would get about 27Mt and the cement sector 7Mt. The ceramics industry would have ...

UK – Tearing down

13 March 2004, Published under Cement News

Two years ago, Lafarge closed its Eastgate cement plant, near Weardale, County Durham. Since then its industrial buildings have told a sorry tale of glory long-gone and provided the local community with a longing to see it demolished and the site’s former picturesque landscape restored. This appears now to be happening as Lafarge has applied to Wear Valley District Council for planning permission to use the works’ former social club as a project management base to demolish the old works....

High-chromium cement ban proposed

11 March 2004, Published under Cement News

Construction firms have been invited by the UK Health and Safety Commission (HSC) to comment on its plans to ban high-chromium cement.  High-chromium cement is a known cause of allergic dermatitis and the proposed ban would protect anyone who uses cement, concrete, mortar, grout and tile adhesive from the substance. Bill Macdonald, head of policy on skin disease at the HSC, said: "The ban would make illegal the supply and use of cement with more than two parts per million of chromium VI.  "At...

USA – St Lawrence Cement to provide more information

11 March 2004, Published under Cement News

St Lawrence Cement is to provide additional data to New York Department of State on 10 topic areas relating to the expansion of its Hudson works. The Department wants to see a broad range of information, including alternative plant designs, measures to reduce and visual effects, assessments of new emission abatement technology and balloon tests.  

UK – Cement as green belt saviour

09 March 2004, Published under Cement News

The UK needs 4.4m new homes by 2016, but the pressure on land use by a variety of activities is increasing steadily. The UK government has allocated brownfield areas and derelict industrial sites to enable the building of 60 per cent of these houses. However, many of these sites need land treatment or removal to render the sites safe for human habitation. Nevertheless, solutions are available, as evidenced by two techniques that have been heralded as the “saviour of green belt areas”. Re...