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USA – Holcim’s Three Forks works to burn tyres

14 May 2004, Published under Cement News

Holcim’s Three Forks plant in Montana wants to replace some of its traditional coal and petcoke fuels by scrap tyres, a move which has generated protests from local pressure groups. Ralph Denoski, plant manager at Three Forks, believes tyres are the best choice as the incineration of scrap tyres is environmentally-safe, disposing of tyres in a problem-free way and costing less than using coal, he commented. Holcim wants to meet 15 per cent of its fuel demands through tyre burning – estim...

USA – Cement firm’s objection questioned

14 May 2004, Published under Cement News

Rio Grande’s Tijeras plant in New Mexico faces stricter environmental pollution control legislation. Local public hearings in Bernalillo County have discussed the proposal to bring local ambient air quality standards in line with those required by the US Environmental Protection Agency since 1997. Brian McGill, environmental manager for Rio Grande Cement, said he’s not aware of another county in the United States that has adopted the challenged EPA emissions standards. Federal law require...

EU – Closing ETS loopholes

11 May 2004, Published under Cement News

European regulators are concerned that EU governments may soften the blow of emissions trading on certain energy and manufacturing companies by allocating them pollution permits from a planned reserve for new market entrants. At least nine out of 11 emission rights plans submitted are including a reserve for potential new entrants, including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. Europe’s two largest polluters, Germany and the UK, have al...

TXI in a hurry to cement new permit

10 May 2004, Published under Cement News

The biggest industrial plant in North Texas is racing the calendar.  If Dallas-based Texas Industries Inc wins, which means getting its permit changed by June 15, the cement maker gets to unplug some major pollution-control equipment, save millions of dollars a year, hike production and boost emissions of carbon monoxide and smog-causing compounds.  The company’s sprint to the state permitting offices is fallout from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last month to include Ell...

UK – Cauldon gets PSP go-ahead

07 May 2004, Published under Cement News

Lafarge’s Cauldon works, Staffordshire, has been granted the approval of the Environment Agency (EA) to reduce its fossil fuel use by a quarter, replacing it with processed sewage pellets (PSP). The project is hailed as the first in the UK and at the forefront of alternative fuel use in Europe. The pellets are made from the sludge that remains after sewage treatment and will be sourced at Northumbrian Water’s £230m Bran Sands processing plant, which processes about 1.5Mt of North-East sl...

Cemex gets green light for US sand mine

06 May 2004, Published under Cement News

The cement major Cemex has been granted by an US court the concession to develop a sand mine at Santa Clarita, California, from where it plans to product 56.1Mt. The permission has been delayed by pressures from environmental related groups, but their resistance may be diminished with the granting of US$1.5m by Cemex for environmental projects.

Hundreds expected at tyre burning protest

06 May 2004, Published under Cement News

Hundreds of people are expected to join a protest march against the burning of tyres as an alternative to fossil fuels at Rugby’s new plant in the town of Rugby. Members of campaign groups Rugby In Plume and New Bilton Against Tyre Burning are organising the protest march, from Rugby town hall to Rugby Cement in Lawford Road, on May 23. The protest is being staged against a move to start burning tyres at the cement plant later this month. The march has been organised after protesters at Westb...

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...