Essroc Nazareth plant hit with $82K EPA fine for reporting violations

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

The EPA recently announced that Essroc Cement Corp. has agreed to pay a $82,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of toxic chemical reporting requirements at its manufacturing Nazareth, Pa. facility. According to EPA, Essroc failed to submit three years of required reports on a regulated toxic chemical (lead) that was processed at this facility.

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Mexico's Cemex fined for anti-competitive practices

Source: Reuters.com

Mexico's competition watchdog, known as Cofeco, fined cement giant Cemex 10.2 million pesos (US$800,500) for anticompetitive practices in a 2005 dispute regarding the company blocking a shipment of cheap Russian-made cement from entering the country. A rival group tried to import 26,000 tons of the Russian cement into Mexico, but the "Mary Nour" vessel was held up for months at a Mexican port and eventually turned away in 2005 after being blocked by Cemex.

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Ash Grove Montana City plant wins MSHA award

Source: Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan.

The Ash Grove Cement Co.’s Montana City, Mont., plant was recognized for its outstanding safety record by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Mining Association as part of the Sentinels of Safety award program.

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Lafarge Exshaw recognized for health & safety leadership

Source: Lafarge Canada Inc., Exshaw, Alberta

More than 200,000 hours of safe operation were celebrated recently at Lafarge Canada’s Exshaw cement plant. The 150 laborers, equipment operators, millwrights, electricians, engineers and managers at the cement plant worked injury free for the better part of 2011and the streak continues into 2012.

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