CalPortland earns 7th straight Energy Star Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded CalPortland Company a 2011 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. CalPortland’s accomplishments were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 12.

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MonierLifetile deploys photocatalytic cement in smog-wise profile on single-family prototypes

Boral Roofing has turned to titanium dioxide-dosed cement for Smog-Eating Tile, the latest addition to concrete offerings under the MonierLifetile brand. The specialty cement’s photocatalytic properties speed up oxidation of pollutants and contaminants deposited on concrete surfaces. Smog-Eating Tiles are molded with a base and face mixes, the latter bearing the performance powder.

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Safety, carbon benchmarks strengthen Cemex sustainable development audit

In its 2010 Sustainable Development Report, covering global concrete, cement and aggregate production, Monterrey, Mexico-based Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., cites significant progress in key performance indicators relating to workplace safety, environment and climate change, biodiversity and wilderness preservation, and contribution to local communities.

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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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