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UK – Baseline monitoring test results are positive for Rugby residents

06 May 2004, Published under Cement News

The UK Environment Agency (EA) has released the results of baseline monitoring tests carried out at Rugby Cement. Dr David Hudson, the EA’s environment manager commented: “The pollution levels from the works have been established using only coal. All of the work done so far suggests that the plant can perform to a standard that won’t cause problems for local residents.” According to the test results, the cement maker is complying with the stringent conditions required by the EA permit as ...

Cement group to pioneer new fuel

05 May 2004, Published under Cement News

Lafarge, the UK’s largest cement manufacturer is set to pioneer the use of sewage treatment sludge as a fuel, in an effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Lafarge UK has struck a deal with Northumbrian Water under which half the sewage treatment sludge produced in the north-east will be used to heat the cement kiln at its Cauldon Works in Staffordshire. The use of the fuel, which is deemed to be "carbon neutral", will help the company to meet its self-imposed target of cutting carbon ...

Inspection goes smoothly for Dragon project

05 May 2004, Published under Cement News

Engineers found just one minor concern last week while inspecting Dragon Products Co.’s $40 million expansion project at its cement-making plant on US Route 1.  The project is nearing completion and operations are shut down, so the time is right for an inspection, Code Enforcement Officer Peter Surek said Friday. The town hired two engineering firms to do the job. Dragon announced its expansion in January 2002. It involves switching to the dry method of manufacturing cement. When Dragon appl...

New Zealand – Fletcher Building Ltd seeks NGA

27 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Fletcher Building Ltd is entering negotiations with the New Zealand government regarding a Negotiated Greenhouse Agreement (NGA) for a wide range of its manufacturing facilities, including its cement plant at Portland, near Whangarei. Pete Hodgson, convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change said: “Negotiated Greenhouse Agreements are a key element of New Zealand’s climate change policy … These agreements will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while safeguarding the internatio...

Japan – Contaminated soil treated to become cement raw material

26 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Cement makers in Japan will have an additional avenue to contract their raw materials. Geo Environment Technology (GET) has started commercial operation for a new soil treatment and transhipment facility on the Showa Denko KK site in Yokohama. GET is to treat 300,000tpa of contaminated soil, collected from the metropolitan area. After treatment, the soil will be used as raw material for cement and in aggregate recycling. The facility has a 10,000t storage space for contaminated soil and a...

Spain – Tyres for Buñol

21 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Territory and Housing councillor Rafael Blasco has authorised cement maker Cemex to carry out trials using industrial residues, prepared by Recitermia, as an alternative fuel, gradually replacing its present petcoke fuel at Buñol. The plant currently also uses bone meal as alternative fuel. During the six-month trial, air pollution will be monitored and compared with limits similar to those set out in the Royal Decree of Waste Incineration, which will come into force at the end of next year. ...

Europe – Eyes are on newcomers

19 April 2004, Published under Cement News

In Europe, eyes have turned on the 10 accession countries, which are due to join the European Union on 1 May. The EU’s environment commissioner Margot Wallstrom said she was optimistic remaining eight newcomers would submit their CO2 abatement plans before the 1 May deadline after Latvia and Slovenia submitted theirs. “The new member states have a little longer. We have already received two … and we don’t expect it to be problematic. They are really interested in it as well,” she commented. ...

UK – Lafarge calls for debate on building material sources

16 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Although the long-running story of the Lingerbay quarry has come to an end, the debate where building materials are to come from in the future, remains. The company at the centre of the quarry issue, building materials producer Lafarge, has called for a debate on the issue, saying that the UK consumes around 260Mt of building materials annually with only 60Mt recycled. Lafarge’s executive director Nigel Jackson: ”The UK is is richly endowed with mineral resources and there is a need f...

Chile – Cemento Melón inaugurates tyre burning

15 April 2004, Published under Cement News

Chilean cement producer Cemento Melón has inaugurated a new system that will allow the company to burn used tyres in its No 9 kiln at La Calera. At a cost of US$1.5m, Melón envisages the incineration of 1.5m tyres annually, replacing 20 per cent of current fuel use by this type of alternative fuel. Tyres and residues will be supplied by Goodyear, with whom the cement producer has formed a strategic alliance.  

An Taisce appeals against new quarry

14 April 2004, Published under Cement News

The main street of Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, Ireland is "suffering devastating safety and environmental impacts from the high level of truck movements generated by various parts of the Quinn Group", according to An Taisce.  The heavy traffic arises from a cement factory outside the village, without its own source of limestone on site; a nearby warehouse; and, just across the Border on the road to Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, a concrete works and a glass factory.  To this range of operations, Quinn ...