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Ministry of Industry looks into allegation

20 February 2004, Published under Cement News

The Basic Industries and Mineral Resources Department under the Thai Ministry of Industry is looking into an allegation that a major cement producer’s limestone and shale stone mines may be encroaching onto national reserve forests in Saraburi Province, department director-general Anusorn Nuangpolmark said on Thursday.  Anusorn disclosed that Forestry Police had received a complaint alleging that the mines operated by Siam City Cement Plc under his department’s concession may be encroaching ...

China – Closing down polluters

20 February 2004, Published under Cement News

As part of an environmental protection and industry restructuring plan, Guangdong Dongguan Municipal Government announced the government will shut down 47 of the 48 cement factories in Dongguan. All cement factories are small units with a maximum individual capacity of 150,000tpa. They are currently not only producing cement but also a large quantity of dust and noise.  The first 33 willl close at the end of March with the remainder to follow at the end of the year.  

Switzerland – EU trade in CO2 emissions

19 February 2004, Published under Cement News

While the EU is putting in place its carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme – worth a potential €7bn by 2007 – a similar trading scheme is not expected for Switzerland before 2008. However, the Swiss government voiced its support for the EU trading scheme which will cover the 25 member states of the enlarged Union and officials have established informal contacts with EU counterparts. “We are interested in tying the Swiss system to the EU system,” said Renato Marioni from the State Secretari...

Ireland – carbon tax could threaten existence cement production

18 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Echoing other industry voices across Europe, the Irish cement industry has added its objections to the controversial issue of carbon taxes. Carbon taxes in Ireland could “threaten the very existence and development of cement manufacturing in Ireland”, according to Irish Cement sources. The range of carbon taxes proposed – E7.50-25/tonne – would add E6-20m to the Irish cement maker’s fuel bills, making cement production uncompetitive. However, the exact impact on the company will only come to...

Union Cement recognized for safety commitments

13 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Philippines: Union Cement Corp.’s Bulacan plant won a grand slam of three major awards in the 50th anniversary of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environmental Association (PMSEA).  UCC bagged the Presidential Mineral Industry Environment Award (PMIEA), the Safest Cement Plant and the Best Mining Forest awards. This is the highest recognition for the private sector’s initiatives and exemplary achievements in the protection of the environment.  It acknowledges a company’s outstanding level of d...

Fuel burning decision delay

13 February 2004, Published under Cement News

The UK Environment Agency has extended the deadline for making a decision on whether Lafarge can burn Recycled Liquid Fuel (RLF) at its cement works in Westbury.  The deadline has been extended to allow the West Wiltshire Primary Care Trust to give its views on the application.  Some residents in the Devizes area are concerned about the effect on health that burning RLF will have and attended a surgery organised by the Environment Agency in the Corn Exchange last year.  The agency had origina...

Holcim Romania certification

13 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Holcim Romania, received three technical certificates from German technical certification company TUV Rheinland, it was reported on February 11, 2004.  Holcim Romania received ISO 9001:2001 quality management certificate, ISO 14001:1997 for environmental management and OHSAS 18001:1999 for occupational health and safety management. The company is the first in Romania to obtain the three certificates in the same time, company’s director general Kurt Habersatter said.

Greenpeace wants tyre fuel proposal rejected

11 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Greenpeace is calling on the New South Wales Government to reject Blue Circle Cement’s proposal to use alternative fuels such as tyres and oils in its New Berrima plant, west of Wollongong.  The cement company says the fuels will benefit the environment by reducing land-fill and emissions. However, Greenpeace spokesman Jason Collins says Blue Circle’s own environmental study has shown the dioxin emission levels will triple.  "Blue Circle is currently the sixth biggest dioxin emitter in New S...

Australia – New Berrima to burn alternative fuels

09 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Blue Circle Southern Cement’s works at New Berrima has submitted an application to burn used tyres, recycled oil and carbon dust. The use of alternative fuels would cut the current 200,000t coal requirement from Medway Colliery by about 30 per cent. Works manager Ian Unsworth commented on the plans:”It will reduce the amount of waste going into landfill from other industries and improve resource management generally by conserving coal and other virgin materials…. It will also reduce our emis...

Expansion of US cement plant challenged

06 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Three organizations opposed to the expansion of a Greene County cement plant, sued the state this week to challenge the state Department of Environmental Conservation permits for the plant.  Poughkeepsie’s Scenic Hudson joined the Germantown Neighbors Association and Friends of Hudson in the lawsuit, which alleges the DEC and company failed to properly consider environmental effects of the planned expansion of the Glens Falls Lehigh Cement Facility in the Town of Catskill, a few miles north o...