Holcim to pay $50,000 for unpermitted discharges at Devil’s Slide Quarry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Holcim (US), Inc. have entered into a consent agreement in which Holcim will pay a $50,000 penalty for unpermitted discharges to the Weber River at the Devil’s Slide Quarry in Morgan, Utah. The agreement resolves an EPA complaint alleging that runoff from the quarry entered the river without a required Clean Water Act permit from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ). The complaint was a follow-up to an earlier order issued by EPA.

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EPA lauds Roanoke role in RM customers’ energy cuts

Through 3,000-plus hours of technical assistance and energy management training last year, Roanoke Cement Co.’s Plant A Star program saw staff position a group of ready mixed concrete customers to reduce plants’ electricity consumption by an estimated 15 %.

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Environmentalists move to nix fly ash From LEED point consideration

Environmentalists’ latest weapon to undermine the use of coal in power generation follows a curious trajectory: The U.S. Green Building Council’s public comment process for LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] rating system revisions. A group comprising federal and state environmental and law enforcement agency officials, PEER contends that construction-grade–the most widely used coal combustion residual (CCR)–should not qualify as a recycled material in the LEED rating system. It conveyed that position to the USGBC, which on January 19 closed the first of two public comment periods this year toward a new LEED version in fall 2012.

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'Carbon emissions free' cement targeted to meet green construction materials demand

Mexico's Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., announced that consolidated net sales increased 1% in the fourth quarter of 2010 to $3.5 billion and decreased 3% for the full year to $14.1 billion, versus the comparable periods in 2009. Operating EBITDA increased 2% in the fourth quarter of 2010 to $482 million and decreased 13% for the full year to $2.3 billion.

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