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CEMEX’s facilities recognized for environmental excellence

04 April 2005, Published under Cement News

The National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) recently recognized Cemex’s Ready-Mix facilities in Houston and Katy, Texas, with its annual Commitment to Excellence Award. The facilities not only met, but also surpassed governmental compliance measures and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through plant and employee investment.  "Cemex has shown that the protection of the environment and cultivating good community relations is the responsibility of every employ...

Mine safety group confers major awards to Holcim Philippines

04 April 2005, Published under Cement News

The Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA), organizers of the 51st annual National Mine Safety and Environmental Conference, recently honored Holcim Philippines, Inc. (formerly Union Cement Corp.) with four major awards in a ceremony held at Camp John Hay Hall in Baguio City.  For its adherence to the highest standards in mining and environmental safety, Holcim Philippines was conferred the Best Mining Forest Award in the non-metallic mining category.   The company’s ...

Taiwan’s energy alternatives

01 April 2005, Published under Cement News

With oil prices spiralling over the past year from around US$28 to around US$40 per barrel, spiking to over US$55 at one point, Taiwanese energy specialists have warned that prices are likely to remain high in the long run because supply can hardly keep up with booming demand. With the threat of shortfalls looming and countries aggressively maneuvering to secure deals with oil-exporting countries, the need to treat development of alternative energy resources as a critical imperative rather t...

Canada slashes emissions targets

31 March 2005, Published under Cement News

The Canadaian federal government has slashed its emissions-cutting targets for large industrial polluters by more than a third from the goal set out in Canada’s original climate change plan, The Canadian Press has learned. But the whole effort to regulate greenhouse emissions from large facilities could crumble amid the current furor over Ottawa’s attempt to include Kyoto-related measures in the budget implementation bill, sources say. The prime minister’s office is furious with environmenta...

Tyre protestors at Ravenna

31 March 2005, Published under Cement News

Opponents say pollution from a cement plant in Ravena USA, that already affect local residents may get worse if Lafarge Cement is allowed to burn tires there for fuel. Lafarge filed an application with the Department of Environmental Conservation for tyre-burning permits in November, 2003 according to DEC spokesperson Maureen Wren. The company also seeks a Beneficial Use Determination permit. Lafarge proposes to burn whole, not shredded tires. Whole tires can produce more emissions than s...

Dragon residents to sue

30 March 2005, Published under Cement News

People who live near the 123-acre Dragon Products plant on the Rockland-Thomaston line in Maine, USA, have sued the cement manufacturer in federal court, alleging that errant dust is harming their health. The citizen organization Neighbors for a Safe Dragon and a Thomaston family who lives next door to the cement plant say they want the company to take measures to control cement kiln dust. "We don’t want to shut down Dragon," their attorney, David McConnell of Portland, said Monday. In th...

California Portland Cement Company earns award

30 March 2005, Published under Cement News

The US Environmental Protection Agency has named California Portland Cement Company as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through leadership in energy management.  California Portland’s accomplishments were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2005.   California Portland Cement Company, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1996, was honored for sustaining smart energy management practices and investmen...

Who is Smokey Joe Barton?

30 March 2005, Published under Cement News

Did the Dallas Morning News soften its pro-environment stance after a visit from a powerful congressman? Joe Barton, a Republican congressman, represents Ellis County, just south of Dallas, where cement plants and other industries contribute mightily to the area’s smog problem. But besides contributing to the smog, the companies that own these plants also contribute to Barton’s political campaigns, and Barton fights doggedly to shield them from government clean air rules. Before they were...

Westbury drops plans for burning recycled fuel

29 March 2005, Published under Cement News

Campaigners fighting plans to burn poisonous chemicals at the UK Westbury cement works were celebrating yesterday after the firm dropped its controversial plans.  Lafarge announced it has postponed plans to burn recycled liquid fuels, or RLFs, after a vociferous campaign by local residents and environmentalists in and around its huge works in Westbury, Wiltshire.  The Environment Agency originally gave permission to Lafarge to start a six-month trial, but when the row over poor quality cemen...

Business owners oppose cement plant

29 March 2005, Published under Cement News

The Committee for Responsible Economic Development and 177 area businesses have submitted a statement opposing St. Lawrence Cement’s proposed $350 million Greenport project to the governor, the state secretary of state, and the state Department of State. The group known as CREDO was formed in 2002 by Richard Katzman, president of Kaz, Inc., one of the largest private employers in Columbia County. Katzman, whose local factory is close to the site proposed for the new plant, has taken a promin...