Cement Totals

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 5.7 million mt in April 2011, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This was 14% lower compared with shipments for April 2010. Total shipments for the year through April were approximately 18.3 million mt, about 2% lower than the same period in 2010.

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PCA files briefs addressing challenge to EPA NESHAP, other rules

The Portland Cement Association filed legal briefs with the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals addressing the cement industry’s challenge to the portland cement national emission standard for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP).  The NESHAP rule was finalized by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in September 2010 (75 Fed. Reg. 54970). It establishes new, very stringent standards addressing particulate matter, hydrochloric acid, total hydrocarbons and mercury. The compliance date for the cement industry is September 9, 2013.

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TXI announces executive management reorganization

Dallas-based Texas Industries, Inc. announced changes to its executive management team to support the implementation of its long-term strategy. Jamie Rogers has been named vice president and chief operating officer and will report to Mel Brekhus, president and CEO. Rogers previously served as Vice President–Consumer Products for the company and has been with TXI since 1996.

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Campaign advances life-cycle budgeting in infrastructure policy

A two-week print and online Portland Cement Association ad campaign, themed “What Are the Real Costs” and targeted to political and policy opinion leaders in Washington, D.C., aims to elevate cradle-to-grave project cost factors in transportation and infrastructure funding. The ads appeared through July 1 in Rollcall and CQ Daily print editions and in Rollcall, National Journal, and Engineering News-Record online, directing readers and site visitors to Whataretherealcosts.org.

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