Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for February 2013 were about 4.7 million metric tons (Mt), according to a recently released USGS Mineral Survey report.
The state of New York fined Lehigh Northeast Cement $50,000 for its failure to prevent contaminants from getting into nearby wetlands that feed into the Hudson River. The fine was ordered April 9, with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) stating that the contamination was the latest in a series of problems at a cement dust landfill on the Lehigh Northeast Cement property dating to 1987. DEC stated that Lehigh could have $10,000 of the total fine waived off, if it takes state-approved corrective action within three years.
According to news reports, Recife, Brazil-based Cimentos da Bahia S.A. has signed a protocol of intention with the government of Bahia regarding construction of a new cement plant in the state. The facility will be located in the city of Paripiranga, 366 km from Salvador, Bahia’s state capital.
Five cement plants received special recognition for their commitment to improving the environment and their communities at the 12th Annual Cement Industry Environment and Energy Awards, presented by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Cement Americas at PCA's Spring Meeting in Chicago on April 29.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Cemex, Inc., the owner and operator of a portland cement manufacturing facility in Lyons, Colo., has agreed to operate advanced pollution controls on its kiln and pay a $1 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA).