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UK Cement works to reduce emissions

27 July 2005, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement UK, has recently announced significant investment plans to cut emissions from its Dunbar works in Scotland by installing a UK£20m gas scrubbing system. The new system will cut the works’ emissions of both sulphur dioxide and dust by more than half, ensuring the factory will comfortably comply with new stringent local air quality standards and meet the exacting requirements of the EU Waste Incineration Directive. Speaking after the announcement, Mike Gilbert, Chief Executive...

Cement plant pares plans to burn tires

25 July 2005, Published under Cement News

After two years of reviews and revisions Lafarge North America has filed a new application with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to burn 4.8 million tires annually at its Ravena cement plant.     The next step is to collect public sentiment as part of the approval process. The proposal is open to public review until Sept. 2.     The application for a permit is available in the Albany office of DEC, and in the libraries of Ravena and Castleton, which is downwind of the pla...

Farmer fails in bid to challenge waste burn

22 July 2005, Published under Cement News

A UK farm-owner failed in a High Court challenge to plans to burn animal waste at a cement works.  She claims that if the scheme goes ahead it will blight her home and contaminate her farmland.  Mrs Mary Horner had asked Mr Justice Ouseley to quash Lancashire County Council’s grant of planning permission to Castle Cement Ltd to build machinery to burn "animal waste derived fuel" (AWDF) at its Ribblesdale Cement Works in Clitheroe.  However, in a lengthy and complex judgment, the judge this we...

Deal reached on TXI cement kiln

21 July 2005, Published under Cement News

A long-running dispute over the use of pollution controls at TXI Operations’ Midlothian Texas cement kiln has been resolved. The Dallas-based company has reached a preliminary agreement to abandon efforts to scale back the use of equipment that reduces ozone-forming emissions at the kiln, several sources said. The agreement is part of a settlement with two environmental groups and more than 20 Midlothian residents who challenged TXI’s plans. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality i...

Cement firm’s dump pollutes ground water

20 July 2005, Published under Cement News

Ground water is being contaminated from an illegal 170,000t dump on CRH lands at Blessington, Co Wicklow, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed yesterday.  Last week, the EPA decided to refuse a licence to CRH for the remediation of the landfill site, which is near two housing estates at Blessington. However, CRH has 28 days to lodge an objection to this decision.  Yesterday, EPA director general, Mary Kelly, told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment and Local Government...

Cement plant agrees to air pollution fine

18 July 2005, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement has reached the settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over emissions from two kilns, where tests in December 2003 found one kiln releasing 2.84 pounds of carbon monoxide per ton of product and the other releasing 2.92 pounds per ton and has agreed to pay a US$40,000 federal fine over carbon monoxide emissions at its Southern Indiana plant.  Lehigh’s state operating permit allowed carbon monoxide emissions from each kiln of no more than 1.67 pounds per ton.  When te...

CO2 trading worth more than cement

15 July 2005, Published under Cement News

European cement producers ’could make more from carbon trading than from exports’  In essence, producers could make more cash by reducing exports and trading surplus carbon emission allowances under European plans to cut greenhouse gases.  City analysts claimed that the current high price of carbon dioxide makes shipping cement from European Union countries uneconomical. Instead it would be more prof itable for companies to sell on the freed up carbon dioxide allowances under the EU’s Emissi...

Foundation sets awards for sustainable construction

15 July 2005, Published under Cement News

Late last year in Zurich, Switzerland, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction invited architects, engineers and other specialists in the construction industry to join the first ever Holcim Awards, a competition for innovative construction projects that meet the standards of sustainable construction. Within five months, 1500 projects from 118 countries were submitted to the foundation via a dedicated website. By the third quarter, the foundation will award the main prizes, namely,...

Slag use at cement plant raises more air concerns

15 July 2005, Published under Cement News

The Holcim Trident cement plant near Three Forks, Montana in the US is drawing more criticism for its use of industrial waste, this time slag imported from a Canadian lead and zinc operation. The Montana Environmental Information Center says firing metals-laden waste from a British Columbia smelter raises even more concern about hazardous air pollution than does Holcim’s use of slag from an old smelter at East Helena. Holcim says buying slag, to get iron for cement production is cheaper a...

Gosepa to Investigate Ashaka Cement

13 July 2005, Published under Cement News

Nigeria: Gombe State Environmental Sanitation and Protection Agency (Gosepa) is to investigate Ashaka Cement Company over environmental pollution. Chairman of the agency, Alhaji Yaya Hammari in an interview with newsmen in his office said apart from Ashaka, the agency would also visit other companies. According to him, the essence of the visit by the Technical Committee of the agency was to ensure that communities around Ashaka and other companies were safe from pollution.  "We have constitut...