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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...

Ukrtsement asking for subsidies

22 March 2005, Published under Cement News

The members of the Ukrtsement Cement Association are asking the Cabinet of Ministers and the parliament to grant subsidies and tax breaks to cement factories. Among other things, Ukrtsement is calling for introduction of preferential tariffs for transportation by the state-owned Ukrzaliznytsia rail transport administration of the industrial waste that is used in the production of cement as well as to stimulate the processing of industrial waste.  The request states that the state budget for ...

China to spend millions to curb sulphur dioxide emissions

21 March 2005, Published under Cement News

China plans to invest 6.43 billion yuan (US$780m) to curb sulphur dioxide emissions spewing from the coal-fired power plants that are fueling its economic growth, state media said. The aim is to reduce emissions by 650,000t at 31 of the biggest plants, the China Securities Journal reported, citing the National Development and Reform Commission. It gave no timetable.  According to the National Bureau of Statistics, China’s coal consumption increased 13.6 per cent to 1.58bn tonnes in 2003,...

Experts to look into Meghalaya cave row

21 March 2005, Published under Cement News

Experts from the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), Nagpur arrived in the city today to investigate the controversy over the destruction of India’s longest cave, Krem Kotsati in Lumshnong, by cement factories. In answer to a question by ruling coalition MLA P.T. Sawkmie, Meghalaya chief minister D.D. Lapang told the Assembly today that representatives of the IBM were in Shillong for an inquiry. He added that last month his government had requested the IMB to depute some experts to conduct the inq...

Opposition to Hudson plant

18 March 2005, Published under Cement News

Opponents of the proposed St. Lawrence Cement plant in Columbia County released a list of 177 businesses that oppose the company’s plan to build a new plant in the Town of Greenport. The list includes 14 businesses based solely in Dutchess County. The others are from Columbia. The document the business owners signed states ’’the overall scale, design, location and impacts of the St. Lawrence Cement facility proposed for Hudson and Greenport pose too great a risk of harming the health, qualit...

Cactus and horse manure – cement shares to plummet?

11 March 2005, Published under Cement News

On a mesa close to the Mexican border a dozen men and women scooped up handfuls of mud and hurled them at the sides of a small adobe building. They stepped back, admired the sound and effect of mud hitting the wall, and reached for another helping. It bothered no one that the secret ingredients in the mud were prickly pear cactus and fresh horse manure that had been cold-brewed in a “tea” before being mixed with earth and straw. Rather than focusing on the upscale housing market in such p...

Lehigh Cement agrees to pay cleanup costs

10 March 2005, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement Co has agreed to pay a US$90,000 penalty and will speed up the timetable for some US$55m  in planned improvements at its Union Bridge plant, as part of an agreement with the Maryland Department of the Environment on complaints about dust and other air pollution concerns. A consent decree was filed yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court, according to an MDE spokesman, after the department issued seven notices to the company for violations between mid-August and early December...