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To cut pollution, Dutch pay a dump in Brazil

15 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Brazilian workers and the Dutch government have been brought together in an unusual partnership by the Kyoto Protocol, the international treaty under which most industrialized countries, other than the US, have pledged to reduce their global-warming emissions by 2012. The workers are building a modern landfill, a rarity in the developing world. The landfill includes a system to capture methane from the city’s decomposing rubbish before it wafts up into the atmosphere. Methane is a particu...

TXI to agree pollution limits

12 August 2005, Published under Cement News

The second US Midlothian cement plant in a week has agreed to limit its air pollution while maintaining increased cement production.  Texas Industries Inc., two environmental groups and 22 Midlothian residents tentatively reached an agreement under which the city’s largest cement maker will rescind its request to the state to turn off a pollution-control device for six months each year. The device controls hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and sulphur.  The TXI agreement comes a week after B...

Tyres as fuel raises concern

11 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Local residents not sure what to think about Lafarge North America’s bid to burn 4.8 million scrap tyres a year as fuel in its nearby Alpena cement plant, according to the local environmental group Friends of Hudson, which claims it has not yet taken a stance on Lafarge’s proposal - but is clearly alarmed by it.  The state Department of Environmental Conservation has offered Lafarge’s plan up to public scrutiny. A public hearing will be held Aug. 25 and the public can comment on it until...

Lafarge launches ’clean development’ project

08 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has been authorized by the French government to launch the first French project to apply the ’clean development’ mechanism contained in the Kyoto protocol on climate change.  The group is to build a wind farm at one of its cement works in Morocco. The ’clean development’ mechanism allows companies in industrialized countries to gain CO2 credits from investments carried out abroad. It is based on the principle that any reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is beneficial to the climate,...

Cement firm faces increasing legal costs

08 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Five years ago, St Lawrence Cement Co., carved out a desolate patch of the Broadway Marine Terminal and began building a $50 million, highly automated slag cement processing plant in South Jersey Port Corp. The terminal, which employs only 15 people, brings in more tonnage than any other business in the port. Fueled by a building boom, it is expected to pay the Port Corp. close to US$3m this year in fees and rent and another US$1.3m a year toward the cost of building the company a new US$29m...

2nd kiln agrees to reduce emissions

05 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Holcim has agreed to slash emissions of ozone-forming pollutants at its Midlothian cement kiln, a move that environmentalists and company officials say could dramatically improve local air quality.    The decision by Holcim settles an administrative challenge by Blue Skies Alliance and Downwinders at Risk. The two clean-air groups challenged a state permit that would allow the kiln to increase emissions.    Instead, Holcim has agreed to a wide-ranging settlement that requires the kiln to op...

Hot tub plan for old Lafarge works

02 August 2005, Published under Cement News

A redundant UK cement works could regain its place at the heart of a North Pennines community if ambitious plans for an eco-village come to fruition.  Full details of the project have been unveiled for the first time and today a newsletter will be delivered to the people of Weardale and the Wear Valley, in County Durham.  It will show how the former Lafarge UK cement works at Eastgate could be transformed to create a new village, which would be self- sufficient, setting an example for the re...

Boral cancelled sale agreement at cement works

02 August 2005, Published under Cement News

After years of impasse there could at last be opportunities for new directions in development on the old Australian Portland Cement Works site. Since the closure of the historic site in the late 1980s a good deal of remediation work has been carried out by the owners, Blue Circle-Boral. But according to Council and other critics the work has not gone far enough or quickly enough to rectify the legacy of a derelict industrial site from an industry that dominated Portland for more than a centur...

Site could cement RMC deal

01 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Manatee county is hopeful a five-acre parcel near Port Manatee will suit RMC South Florida’s needs for a concrete batch plant and soothe the minds of East Manatee residents fighting to keep it out of their backyard. For more than a year, the county and RMC South Florida have been trying to work out a place to put the plant, which originally was destined for a 10-acre parcel off Lena Road. While the Lena Road property is zoned for heavy industrial, neighbors in surrounding communities, includ...

Zuari Cement expansion only after a thorough study

01 August 2005, Published under Cement News

Southern India: A study of the problems likely to be faced by the people of peripheral villages would be made, before sanctioning the expansion of Zuari Cement, a government spokesman said. Presiding over a local meeting to gather public opinion on protection of environment in the wake of the cement plant expansion, he said social development is possible only through industrialisation. The Zuari Cement management was asked to explain four main points: (1) How many jobs the company will pr...