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Investment cements plant’s future in Laramie

03 February 2006, Published under Cement News

Mountain Cement’s Kiln No. 1 makes cement at a prodigious 576t per day. The larger by Kiln No. 2 fires its way to 1345t of cement every day. However, both kilns are being eliminated in favor of a single smaller, but far more productive, US$120m  replacement increasing cement production by 60 per cent. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2007 and will be completed in fall 2008, a spokesman said. Mountain Cement’s parent company, Texas-based Eagle Materials, is also upgrading its Nev...

Activists ask Cemex to clean up

31 January 2006, Published under Cement News

An environmental watchdog group that successfully challenged a proposal to exempt the oil and gas industry from water-quality regulations last year is shifting its focus to the maligned Cemex cement plant in Lyons, colorado (reports The Daily Times). Denver-based Colorado Citizens Campaign wants the cement company to adopt more stringent pollution controls at its plant and is knocking on doors in the area to ask for help. The plant’s neighbors have questioned Cemex’s pollution-control pract...

Cement plant dispute unresolved

30 January 2006, Published under Cement News

After three months, the settlement between Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, the Sierra Club and Mountain Cement that all parties agreed to in court still hasn’t been finalised. The environmental groups alleged that the cement plant repeatedly violated its emissions permit, and the settlement was agreed to midtrial. In part, the settlement requires Mountain Cement to reduce emissions by replacing the electrostatic precipitator on kiln No. 2 with a more efficient baghouse within 18 month...

DEP to hold public hearing on cement plant permitting

27 January 2006, Published under Cement News

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a routine public hearing in Branford Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Hatch Park Community Center to hear comments on DEP’s intent to issue a draft air construction permit to Suwannee American Cement (SAC). DEP ran a public notice regarding the public hearing in the Nov. 16, 2005 Suwannee Democrat but no petitions for administrative hearings or extension of time to petition for an administrative hearing were filed. This p...

Lafarge tyre protest Seattle

26 January 2006, Published under Cement News

South Seattle community members were united at a public hearing Tuesday night over concerns about plans to allow a cement company to burn whole tyres in its kiln on a trial basis. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is considering granting a permit to Lafarge North America Inc. that would temporarily sanction tire burning beginning this spring. Almost three dozen people showed up at the South Park hearing. Lafarge has few fans in the community, which - along with the government - blames it for ...

Green cement claim on CO2 bias

26 January 2006, Published under Cement News

The Minister for the Environment has sought legal advice on how the EU carbon emissions trading scheme is being applied to the cement sector, on foot of a complaint that it discriminates against the State’s only producer of "green" cement. In a letter to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Dick Roche said it would therefore be "inappropriate" for him to comment on issues raised in a hearing last week attended by representatives of Ecocem Ltd and the Cement Manufacturers Associ...

US activists to testify against cement kiln pollution

25 January 2006, Published under Cement News

  Raleigh, North Carolina: Activists from across the country have gathered to protest the Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to set limits on mercury pollution from cement makers. EPA has never regulated mercury from cement kilns, and nearly a dozen citizens are organizing to deliver a message on behalf of communities exposed to toxic pollution from these cement kilns that EPA must protect their health, livelihood and the environment (reports the EarthJustice website). EPA decided to...

Quarry growth bad for Niagara escarpment

24 January 2006, Published under Cement News

Milton Quarry, operated by Dufferin Aggregates, part of St. Lawrence Cement, the largest active quarry in Canada at 468 hectares is causing local environmentalists some concern. Now, the company wants a licence to quarry another 83 hectares (205 acres) of this precious natural corridor to gain about ten years of quarrying. Protecting the escarpment has come full circle, for it was the blasting of a huge hole in the cliff face here in 1962 that ignited the first public outcry about saving the...

Bestway wins social responsibility award

23 January 2006, Published under Cement News

One of Pakistan’s leading business groups, Bestway has been named the 2005 Winner in Social Responsibility in London for demonstrating excellent standards of philanthropy and good citizenship. According to a press release, foundation’s work has had a powerful impact both in terms of integration and development of the community especially through support for local schools in Brent, North London and Tehsil Gujar Khan of Pakistan. Bestway, a second generation diversified company based in London ...

Philippine authorities urged to stop toxic waste burn

23 January 2006, Published under Cement News

Local environmental groups are urging the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to immediately stop four foreign-owned cement plants under Holcim, from unlawfully burning toxic and hazardous wastes to produce clinker for cement. The Earth Savers Movement (ESM), along with other non-government organizations such as the Concerned Citizens Against Pollution (COCAP) and the Association of Environmental 3rd Party Service Providers (AE3PSP), said the practice of the cement plants to t...