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Suit Against cement plant cleared for trial

06 September 2005, Published under Cement News

An attorney for two environmental groups says that emissions from a cement plant southwest of Laramie endangered the health of people nearby. The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the Sierra Club sued Mountain Cement last year, claiming that the coal fired plant violated clean air standards thousands of times. At issue is whether or not more than 15 thousand cases of unusually high emissions occurred within state standards or not. Cement plants are allowed to exceed clean-air limi...

Groups sue Mountain Cement for polluting

05 September 2005, Published under Cement News

Two conservation groups have taken Mountain Cement plant in Laramie to court, claiming that the plant has violated federal and state clean air regulations more than 15,000 times since 1999. A civil lawsuit by the Laramie-based Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, along with the Wyoming Sierra Club, against Mountain Cement Company, which is a subsidiary of the Texas-based Eagle Materials Inc., was all but sent to trial on Friday. Summary judgments for and against the cement plant were de...

New fears over dumping of cement plant’s waste

01 September 2005, Published under Cement News

Castle Cement wants to bury waste from its new £54m kiln in Padeswood, Buckley, rather than transport it to a site near Mold. The application is due to go before Flintshire County Council planning committee next Wednesday. But yesterday, Patrick Heesom, leader of the independent group, said he had been assured it would not be discussed until October. Yesterday Mr Heesom said: "We had a meeting months ago with the minerals officer because we wanted to make representations about the company...

UK Cement plant seeks to pioneer waste-derived fuel

31 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement UK’s Cauldon Works, near Ashbourne, is working to phase out the use of traditional fossil fuels by using it as another sustainable waste-derived fuel. The factory already gets more than half of the energy used to heat its raw materials from more sustainable sources.  Now it has applied to the Environment Agency for permission to run the first UK cement works trial using ’recovered fuel oil’ as part of its fuel mix.  Recovered fuel oil is made up of waste oils from places inclu...

PCA in Sustainable Practices, Environmental Performance

31 August 2005, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is releasing its first edition of the US cement industry Report on Sustainable Manufacturing. This summary report details an impressive record of environmental, health, and safety performance within the industry that PCA first benchmarked in 2004 through its Cement Manufacturing Sustainability Program. The cement industry is committed to building for today without depleting future resources. After launching its sustainable development program last yea...

Federal agency to look at kilns’ health impact Midlothian

22 August 2005, Published under Cement News

A petition by Midlothian, Texas, residents has prompted a federal agency under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate whether to begin a study of possible health effects of Texas Industries’ cement kilns.  A group at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, after meeting Wednesday with officials from the Texas Department of State Health Services, agreed to begin a review of existing data on contaminants and public health, said ATSDR spokeswoman Jennifer Ly...

Union Bridge reduces emissions

22 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Test results on emissions from Lehigh Cement Co. in Union Bridge show a reduction in toxic chemical emissions that are common to cement manufacturing. Toxic emissions dropped from more than 400,000 pounds a year to less than 300 pounds, the results show.  Lehigh plant manager Peter Lukas said he was ecstatic about the test results because they confirm that the $300m technology added to the plant in the past few years is working.  Lehigh recently proposed burning more than 100 tons a day ...

Cement plant problems to be monitored

18 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Cement plant neighbors plan to monitor problems such as the "fugitive dust" they say rises up in a cloud bank over a section of US Route 9W and engulfs vehicles as large as tractor-trailers. That persistent situation and others will become part of a database kept by the Germantown Neighbors Association and the Friends of Hudson, which contend that state officials have allowed Glens Falls Lehigh Cement and St. Lawrence Cement to operate without fixing known environmental problems. "There a...

UK Agency approves chipped tyres

17 August 2005, Published under Cement News

The United Kingdom’s Environment Agency has announced that it is allowing Cemex UK Cement Ltd to begin trials using chipped tires as a partial substitute fuel at its Rugby cement works. After extensive consultation and detailed consideration the agency issued Cemex a permit under the Pollution, Prevention and Control Regulations in September 2003. The permit allowed the use of up to 10t an hour of chipped tires as a partial substitute fuel subject to a trial meeting stringent success criteria...

Aussi cement producer - water limit breach?

15 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Western Australia’s largest cement producer could escape with just a A$10,000 fine if it is prosecuted for exceeding its water limit by 2.8 billion litres. The Department of Environment has confirmed Cockburn Cement breached the conditions of its license by drawing excess water from the Yaragadee Aquifer in the state’s south-west over the past two years. The company was investigated in 2003 for a similar offence but escaped without penalty. Department spokesman Declan Morgan says a lot ha...