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Cement company clears rubble from damaged roadway

19 January 2005, Published under Cement News

Victorville, California: While the latest storms destroyed swaths of Highway 18 and submerged others under dirt and debris, Mitsubishi Cement, after surveying the damage to sections of the highway above and below their plant early last week, brought out the company’s heavy equipment to clear some areas and unplug a culvert. And the company’s efforts provided the California Department of Transportation with a big boost toward repairing the roadway, spokesperson Terri Kasinga said. "We clea...

Expensive clean-up from pollution leak

19 January 2005, Published under Cement News

It may cost more than $45 million to clean up highly alkaline contamination seeping into Little Traverse Bay, Detroit from underground cement kiln dust piles on the property of Bay Harbor, says CMS Energy, a former partner in the luxury resort. The cleanup also could impose continuing annual expenses of up to $1.6m, CMS said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Publicly held companies often report unexpected events that could affect revenues. CMS Energy was a partne...

Chromium VI in cement

18 January 2005, Published under Cement News

New UK restrictions on the amount of chromium VI in cement come into force yesterday, 17 January 2005.   The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (COSHH 2004) will prohibit the supply or use of cement which has a chromium VI concentration of more than 2 parts per million. As well as cement itself, the restriction will apply to a wide range of products that contain cement such as mortars, grouts, tile adhesives etc.   This legislation is being introduced ...

Lehigh’s Union bridge wants new quarry start-up

18 January 2005, Published under Cement News

Almost 10 years after the Lehigh Cement received a mining permit from the state, the company wants to begin quarrying in earnest at its 700-acre tract south of New Windsor - provoking a flurry of activity from a local residents action group, formed 18 years ago to deal with mining issues in the area. Lehigh had not planned to mine there for another 10 years, said George E. Maloney, chairman and charter member of the New Windsor Community Action Project. Then, at a Dec. 14 meeting, he said he...

More EU industrial pollution guides agreed

18 January 2005, Published under Cement News

A forum chaired by the European Commission under the EU’s IPPC industrial pollution directive has agreed three new guidelines, known as "BREFS", on how to apply best available techniques (BAT) in specific fields. Under the directive thousands of industrial installations must apply BAT for environmental protection by October 2007. Any new plants built now must already do so. The three BREFS agreed at the meeting cover storage of bulk or dangerous materials, operation of large combustion p...

Blunt talking

17 January 2005, Published under Cement News

Among his first actions as the new chief executive of Missouri, Gov. Matt Blunt took a scalpel to the state’s environmental regulation agency. Blunt fired eight officials at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and promised that others would follow, prompting speculation that the entire agency would be reshaped as part of the governor’s promise to make Missouri more "business-friendly." Blunt has said that he has no plans to eliminate the DNR, but the state of environmental regulati...

Businesses will be socially responsible if it pays

14 January 2005, Published under Cement News

The winner of this year’s Guardian/Ashridge Business School MBA essay competition rejects any suggestion that companies are increasingly socially responsible. Corporate social responsibility may be a company PR manager’s cause du jour; it may even win a few brownie points within the community. But, according to MBA student Nick Tilston, it is simply not taken seriously by most businesses. His award-winning essay is entitled Corporate Social Responsibility Doesn’t Matter - Business Profits...

Taming the Dragon

13 January 2005, Published under Cement News

Dragon Cement Products, located in Thomaston, New England is an important regional employer. Dragon has recently begun reducing its emissions of waste cement kiln dust (CKD) into the local airshed. However, it still has significant problems with fugitive dust, which blows onto surface water and the houses, gardens and, of particular concern, the residents of the area themselves. In addition to the dust, beneath the kiln is a less visible but equally serious problem. The Maine Department of E...

Plume source identified

13 January 2005, Published under Cement News

With six more months to complete research, Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant is confident it will solve a mysterious plume that has plagued the site for the past several months. The six-month extension was unanimously supported by the Kern County Air Pollution District board at a hearing in Tehachapi on 5 January (reports the Tehachapi News). David Whitney, Lehigh Environmental Engineer, requested the extension so the company could complete its research on what is causing a detached plume tha...

Holcim obtains ISO14001 award

12 January 2005, Published under Cement News

Holcim Liban, one of the leading cement companies in Lebanon and operates the largest cement plant of the country, has recently obtained the ISO 14001 international award as an appreciation for its environment management system. Holcim’s annual cement production capacity is 1.8Mt. The plant is located in Chekka and products are distributed to customers all over the country. Holcim (Liban) S.A.L. also operates one aggregates quarry, two ready-mixed concrete plants and employs 318 people.