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EPA fines Martinsburg cement plant US$1.5m

22 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Martinsburg cement plant, located in West Virginia, United States, has agreed to pay a US$1.5m fine for violations of the Federal Clean Air Act from 2013 through 2016, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA said in a news release that the alleged violations at the industrial site included: •  Exceeding annual emission limits for total suspended particulates and fine particulate matter less than 10 micrometers in diameter. •    Non-compliance with opacity testing, ...

Leading from the front

18 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Following last year’s IPCC report on climate change, there has never been a greater urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors and geographies to limit global warming to 1.5˚C. Therefore, the built environment will need to fast-track to zero carbon. In India, the world’s second-biggest cement producer, three of the country’s major players – Dalmia Cement, Ambuja Cement and UltraTech Cement – are leading from the front. By Jennifer Gerholdt, We Mean Business. Improvi...

Mitigating acid gas emissions

11 December 2018, Published under Cement News

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark examines acid gas emissions from cement kilns. Understanding harmful acid gas emissions, such as hydrogen chloride, is required before investing in mitigation strategies. Before investing in new raw material quarries, a better understanding of acid gas emissions is required Emissions from cement kilns are a growing focus of environmental authorities around the world. This month’s Technical Forum will look at the causes and mitiga...

Driving operational excellence at Votorantim

06 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Sustained investment in several areas of plant operations as a result of its drive for operational excellence has paid off for Votorantim’s Vidal Ramos plant in Brazil. By Alvaro Lorenz and Mario Interlenghi, Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil. Votorantim’s Vidal Ramos plant, Brazil – one example of the company’s drive for operational excellence Votorantim Cimentos is a building materials company committed to customer success through excellence. ‘Operational Excellence’ is one of the f...

MPA challenges government for level playing field on energy pricing and biomass fuels

22 March 2018, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association's (MPA) 2017 annual sustainable development report highlights that although domestic sales have steadily improved since 2012, UK manufacturers continue to face high regulatory policy costs with high energy prices and high electricity network and wholesale costs. The MPA states that these issues are largely a result of energy and climate change policies and considerable change in the energy system induced by government policy. A specific concern high...

Finding the missing link

13 December 2017, Published under Cement News

In 2015 Çimsa Çimento’s Mersin plant, Turkey, suffered an increasing number of cyclone blockages, causing severe interruptions to the facility’s grey cement Line 1. After unsuccessful attempts to find the reason for the blockages, a kiln inlet process gas measurement system from sick was installed to provide the missing link between the sulphur content in the kiln process gases and unwanted production downtime. By Felix Bartknecht, SICK AG, Germany, and Sezin Arıkan, Çimsa Çimento Mersin, T...

EPA to take Irish cement to court re emissions incident

04 December 2017, Published under Cement News

The Environmental Protection Agency has initiated legal proceedings against Irish Cement for alleged breaches of its operating licence at its Limerick plant. The EPA has confirmed to the Limerick Leader it has issued a summons to the company, relation to the emissions from the Castlemungret cement pant.  The case is scheduled to come before a sitting of Limerick District Court on 2 March 2018. A spokesman confirmed it received the summons "in relation to dust emission incidents earlie...

Kiln emissions – more than just hot air

01 February 2017, Published under Cement News

In last month’s Technical Forum we promised to return to the topic of cement kiln emissions, which were said to be both simple and complex, benign and noxious. The challenge is to see the broad simplicity, which then allows the increasing complexity to be understood. By Dr Michael Clark, UK. Kiln emissions include a wide range of gases – some benign but others noxious At the macro level cement kiln emissions are indeed simple. The raw materials used for manufacturing clinker are...

Going alternative in Japan

12 December 2016, Published under Cement News

With Japanese cement demand falling over the past 20 years, Sumitomo Osaka Cement has constantly evolved its cement manufacturing processes. As a result, the company’s Ako integrated cement plant stepped up its use of alternative fuels and raw materials as part of its efforts to reduce costs and the impact of plant emissions. By Tetsuo Yokobori, Sumitomo Osaka Cement, Japan. Sumitomo Osaka Cement has carried out many improvements at its Ako plant, Japan Sumitomo Osaka Cement (SO...

USA: Hagerstown plant US$96m upgrade

26 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim (US) has completed a US$96m upgrade on its Hagerstown plant, Maryland. The facility has existed for over 100 years and according John Stull, CEO of US operations for LafargeHolcim, the latest improvements "really should help this plant to serve the community for another 20 to 30 years.” The project, during which the plant remained operational, took two years to complete and complies with federal environmental regulations. Oliver Terver, Hagerstown plant manager, spoke of the company...