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Holcim Romania certification

13 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Holcim Romania, received three technical certificates from German technical certification company TUV Rheinland, it was reported on February 11, 2004.  Holcim Romania received ISO 9001:2001 quality management certificate, ISO 14001:1997 for environmental management and OHSAS 18001:1999 for occupational health and safety management. The company is the first in Romania to obtain the three certificates in the same time, company’s director general Kurt Habersatter said.

Greenpeace wants tyre fuel proposal rejected

11 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Greenpeace is calling on the New South Wales Government to reject Blue Circle Cement’s proposal to use alternative fuels such as tyres and oils in its New Berrima plant, west of Wollongong.  The cement company says the fuels will benefit the environment by reducing land-fill and emissions. However, Greenpeace spokesman Jason Collins says Blue Circle’s own environmental study has shown the dioxin emission levels will triple.  "Blue Circle is currently the sixth biggest dioxin emitter in New S...

Australia – New Berrima to burn alternative fuels

09 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Blue Circle Southern Cement’s works at New Berrima has submitted an application to burn used tyres, recycled oil and carbon dust. The use of alternative fuels would cut the current 200,000t coal requirement from Medway Colliery by about 30 per cent. Works manager Ian Unsworth commented on the plans:”It will reduce the amount of waste going into landfill from other industries and improve resource management generally by conserving coal and other virgin materials…. It will also reduce our emis...

Expansion of US cement plant challenged

06 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Three organizations opposed to the expansion of a Greene County cement plant, sued the state this week to challenge the state Department of Environmental Conservation permits for the plant.  Poughkeepsie’s Scenic Hudson joined the Germantown Neighbors Association and Friends of Hudson in the lawsuit, which alleges the DEC and company failed to properly consider environmental effects of the planned expansion of the Glens Falls Lehigh Cement Facility in the Town of Catskill, a few miles north o...

Jordan Cement to install new filters

05 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Jordan Cement Factories Company (JCFC) will allocate around JD8 million in 2004 and 2005 to improve its pollution control system, a company official said Wednesday.  According to JCFC Director General Samer Biriqadar, JD4 million will be spent this year and the balance next year will be used "to improve the firm’s filtering system." For several years, the JCFC has been addressing demands to cut down on dust pollution affecting the local community, particularly at its Fuhais plant, 25km west ...

Germany – Industry voices objections over emissions trading plan

03 February 2004, Published under Cement News

As Europe puts in place its emissions trading programme to put a cap on greenhouse gases, government announcements send waves throughout the region. After British industry voiced its concerns recently, it has now been joined by its German counterpart. German Environment Minister Jürgen Trittin has revealed the first public draft of its national allocation plan, thus complying with a European Commission directive requiring that all membership compile and submit a list of 2600 companies an...

Wait for Lafarge verdict

02 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Residents in Westbury could have to wait until the end of March to learn whether the town’s cement works will be allowed to burn Recycled Liquid Fuel. Lafarge lodged an application to burn RLF for a six-month trial period last year, prompting concerns from environmental campaigners and MP Andrew Murrison.  Environment Agency bosses had been due to give their verdict on the plan by tomorrow at the latest. But at the time of going to press this deadline looked set to be extended for a further t...

Proposed cement plant is Maine concern

02 February 2004, Published under Cement News

The attorney general of Maine has written a letter to Gov George Pataki expressing "strong concerns" about the proposed St. Lawrence Cement plant in Greenport. The letter from Steve Rowe, released this week by the Poughkeepsie-based environmental group Scenic Hudson, expresses concern that pollution from the proposed coal-fired plant would threaten the health of Maine residents and hamper efforts by Northeastern states to meet federal clean-air requirements. Rowe’s letter calls on the New...

Union Cement looking at waste options

30 January 2004, Published under Cement News

Union Cement Corp, Philippines has teamed up with government agencies in its quest to tap alternative materials such as used tyres, waste oil, solvents, sludge, resins, plastic, nonrecyclable paper, paints and other products in its production process.  Union Cement has discussed the plan with suppliers of trash items in its plants located in Davao City, La Union, Bulacan and Misamis Oriental. Raymund C. Rondobio, Union Cement alternative and raw materials operations officer, said they have be...

Cement makers slam government CO2 draft

28 January 2004, Published under Cement News

The UK cement industry has criticised the government’s draft National Allocation Plan that identifies "ceilings" on CO2 emissions from cement as part of an emissions trading scheme. British Cement Association (BCA) chief executive Mike Gilbert warned: "The government is attempting to impose an allocation more restrictive than the UK commitments to the Kyoto protocol." The draft plan would damage the industry’s competitiveness within Europe and handicap the UK economy, he added. BCA members pr...