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EPA faces environmental challenge

06 April 2006, Published under Cement News

Activists plan to sue the US EPA over a rare decision to invalidate a final air toxics standard for particulate matter (PM) emissions from cement kilns in favor of a less stringent rule.  The EPA on March 23 issued an administrative stay of its maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standard for new cement kilns that burn hazardous waste, after receiving an industry petition that argued the standard was overly stringent. EPA on the same day issued a proposal for a standard that include...

Plan to burn tyres and trash raises worries

06 April 2006, Published under Cement News

A proposal to burn tyres at an eastern Ontario cement plant to create fuel is a safe one, company executives say, but environmentalists call it a hazardous idea that would poison the air over both Canada and the United States.  The Sierra Legal Defence Fund is accusing the provincial government of refusing to launch a full environmental assessment of the proposal by Lafarge Canada, a subsidiary of the world’s biggest cement producer, to burn waste at its cement plant in Bath, Ontario, near K...

St Lawrence Cement Group – case dismissed

04 April 2006, Published under Cement News

St. Lawrence Cement Group is pleased to announce that the pending federal court litigation in Camden, New Jersey, involving the company’s GranCem(TM) grinding facility has been dismissed.  The federal litigation was originally filed in February 2001 by South Camden Citizens in Action (SCCIA) against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). SCCIA claimed among other things, that the NJDEP intentionally discriminated against minority residents of the Waterfront South Camd...

Cement firm fined over emissions

03 April 2006, Published under Cement News

Castle’s Padeswood works has been fined UK£99,000 after admitting nine offences, including releasing more than the permitted amount of dioxins.  Flintshire magistrates also told Castle Cement to pay £9300 costs over its plant at Padeswood, near Mold.  The Environment Agency brought the case over old kilns, which are no longer in use after investment in new ones.  The firm said there were problems with monitoring, but it was not convinced that the emission figures were correct.    The offenc...

China needs plan to meet energy targets

31 March 2006, Published under Cement News

China’s government must produce firm plans to curb energy demand growth and pollution emissions before oil markets can judge how serious the country is about meeting its targets, Credit Suisse said in a report on Wednesday. In a text of its conference call on China, CS said China’s target to cut the energy intensity of the economy by 20 per cent over five years and pollution emissions by 10 per cent, represented a 4 per cent-plus annual reduction in energy demand growth versus Gross National...

Top builders to join with WBCSD

30 March 2006, Published under Cement News

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development announced today that it is forming an alliance of leading global companies to determine how buildings can be designed and constructed so that they use no energy from external power grids, are carbon neutral, and can be built and operated at fair market values.   The industry effort is led by United Technologies Corp, the world’s largest supplier of capital goods including elevators, cooling/heating and on-site power systems to the commer...

Municipal Waste Bound for Kingston

30 March 2006, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Canada has applied for approvals to burn waste from Ontario, Quebec, and eight US states at its cement plant in Bath. This proposal has activists worried. "The Bath Alternative Fuel project is not as straightforward as it seems. This could inadvertently determine waste management policies across Ontario and set us back decades in the fight to restore Lake Ontario," warns Waterkeeper and environmental lawyer Mark Mattson.    

Vassiliko Cement to produce energy needs from waste

30 March 2006, Published under Cement News

Vassiliko Cement, Cyprus, has intensified the drive to modernise its operations to cut costs, improve production and to produce up to 40 per cent of its energy needs from locally processed recycled waste. Executive Chairman Andreas Panayiotou told the Financial Mirror that the prospects of Vassiliko Cement Works (VCW) are excellent, but the drive to modernise and improve never stops as the islands largest cement producer strives to boost productivity and quality, while forcing its costs low...

Submissions filed against Lafarge proposal

29 March 2006, Published under Cement News

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and Gord Downie have filed an official submission to the Ministry of Environment recommending that Lafarge’s request to burn tires and other waste at its cement kiln in Bath be denied. Last month, Waterkeeper asked the government for more time to review the submissions, and the deadline for public comment was extended to April 2, 2006.    The controversial incineration project is beginning to attract attention according to the opponents. Gord Downie, Lafarge’s close...

ST St. Lawrence makes peace

28 March 2006, Published under Cement News

St. Lawrence Cement Group Inc. has settled two New Jersey state court cases involving the company’s GranCem grinding facility in Camden, N.J. The cases centred on claims by local residents, primarily in the Terraces neighbourhood, about alleged nuisances of the SLCG facility and other local industrial operations.  "We are pleased that these litigations are now resolved and look forward to maintaining sound relationships with the Camden community," stated Mike Davis, senior vice-president, U....