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Larger kiln approved at cement plant

17 February 2005, Published under Cement News

A special use permit was granted Monday for Florida Crushed Stone to build a larger state-of-the art cement kiln at their plant off U.S. 98 in Brooksville. The company will use the kiln to produce more cement during the current international cement shortage. The permit was granted during a 4 to 1 vote of the the county’s planning and zoning commission. It does not have to go to county commissioners for final approval as do rezoning matters. The vote came despite Commissioner Al.Sevier’s o...

India’s north east under attack

15 February 2005, Published under Cement News

India’s North Eastern Council (NEC), in its magazine called, New Hopes, New Opportunities, has a section on industry. This chapter, with the name Limestone and Coal: Untapped Resources So Far, says that eight industries have been subjected to an Analytical Hierarchy Process in order to select those industries for which regional development would be suitable. Analytical Hierarchy Process is a multi-criteria decision-making technique by which hierarchy of various alternatives is determined. Th...

Workers offered tests for toxic gas

14 February 2005, Published under Cement News

Holcim operating out of Port Nelson, New Zealand is offering its workers blood testing for methyl bromide gas following publicity about possible links with motor neurone disease.  This follows similar moves by a Nelson stevedoring firm late last year.  Holcim Cement general manager Jeremy Smith said blood testing had always been available but management was now reminding workers about it as a safety precaution.  The company had requested a meeting with Port Nelson officials and other sta...

India may be under pressure to cut emissions post-Kyoto

14 February 2005, Published under Cement News

The world’s second-most populous nation, whose economy has been growing at a frenetic pace, creating a huge middle class, and spiralling demand for electricity and factories to feed export growth is creating a huge emission problem. As fuel imports grow and demand for cars surges, analysts say the country is likely to face pressure to join rich nations in their efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Kyoto climate change protocol that comes into force on Feb. 16.  "There ...

Cemex makes "tirecrete" for road paving, Mexico

09 February 2005, Published under Cement News

Cemex has begun a program to use more than 25 million disposed used tires/y to replace natural additives in road surfacing mix to make "tirecrete" ("llancreto" in Spanish), local press reported.  Tirecrete is recommended for roads with light traffic and has a useful life of some 20 years.  The material was used for the second time in Tijuana in northern Mexico’s Baja California Norte state. The first road stretch to use this special concrete has already opened for traffic in San Pedr...

BCA welcomes consultation on substitute fuels protocol

04 February 2005, Published under Cement News

The British Cement Association (BCA) has welcomed the Environment Agency’s consultation document on the proposed revision of the Substitute Fuels Protocol (SFP) published today (29 March). The protocol was introduced in the mid 1990s as a permitting procedure for cement manufacturers wanting to introduce alternatives to coal or pet coke as fuel for their kilns.   "This will be a positive change to the SFP", said Dr David Pocklington, BCA Industry Affairs Director. "It will enable the cement ...

Cemex embraces waste-to-energy program

02 February 2005, Published under Cement News

Cemex Costa Rica co-processed 4626t of waste from the beginning of the waste-to-energy project on July 25 through to the end of 2004, transformation manager Fernando Rojas told BNamericas. Of the 4262t processed to generate power for Cemex’s cement making process, 41 per cent was biomass, Rojas said in an emailed response. The company generated an average of 5500kcal/kg (6.39kWh) of power. The idea is to use "processing technology to allow for the use of alternate sources of energy, to m...

Clear Skies Act will encourage emission credit trading

02 February 2005, Published under Cement News

The US Portland Cement Association (PCA) and its members support the Clear Skies Act of 2005 (S. 131), which was introduced by Sens. James Inhofe (R- Okla.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) on Jan. 24. The bill promises dramatic reductions of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and mercury from electric power plants and other sources.  Though participation by cement plants and other non-utility sources is not required, these facilities will be able voluntarily reduce emissi...

Conservation International and Agrupacion Sierra Madre to Highlight World’s `Hotspots’

01 February 2005, Published under Cement News

Conservation International and Agrupacion Sierra Madre will present "Hotspots Revisited," the 12th edition in CEMEX’s conservation book series, at a special event at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on Feb. 2, 2005.  "Hotspots Revisited" highlights 34 regions where 75 percent of the world’s most threatened mammals, birds and amphibians survive within habitat that covers just 2.3 percent of the Earth’s surface. One of the hotspots featured in the book includes a part of Big Bend Na...

Councils asked to fund environmental monitoring

01 February 2005, Published under Cement News

UK town and community councils are being asked to fund independent environmental checks around Castle Cement‘s works at Padeswood. Castle Cement Liaison Committee, which campaigns against the firm’s new £40 million kiln which is currently being built at the Padeswood works, has asked councils to set aside thousands of pounds to pay for the independent monitoring. This week Buckley town council approved a plan to spend £5,000 of next year’s budget on the independent checks. The Environm...