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The Portland Cement Association (PCA) announced its support for the Preserving America’s Infrastructure Dollars (PAID) Act, H.R. 5578, which is a new bipartisan legislative proposal that would increase competition for infrastructure projects and give states the tools needed to make the best of use of...
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The Roanoke Cement Co. Troutville cement plant in Troutville, Va., received the Overall Environmental Excellence Award from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Cement Americas magazine as part of the 2014 Cement Industry Energy and Environment...

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New Radar Technology for Solids Level Measurement Handles Low Dielectric Materials and Tracks Very Rapid Changes. By Joe...
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By Ganesh Rajput The rise in construction and building activities is the primary growth driver for the global green cement market. The demand for...
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The walls of steel and concrete silos have been known to wear or fail causing cracking, denting, buckling and bending that can lead to catastrophic collapse. For operations that want to detect uneven loading of silos that contribute to these failures, BinMaster offers a new software option that...
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EPA Issues Final Emissions Rule, Projects $52 Million Savings for Industry

After 28 months of rulemaking, court action, and meetings with industry officials, the EPA issued its Final Emissions Limits for Portland Cement Manufacturing, citing prospective mercury, hydrochloric acid, particulate matter and total hydrocarbon level reductions from 82-93 percent against agency thresholds leading into 2010.

The revised rule has a September 2015 compliance target for separate existing and new cement kiln standards. It will maintain important health benefits, EPA contends, while reducing cement operators’ cost of compliance by $52 million compared to the estimated costs of adopting an original August 2010 rule.

“PCA welcomes the revised portland cement NESHAP final rule. It will provide the industry additional time to complete the planning, engineering, permitting, testing and construction of the various new technologies that will be necessary to implement the revised standards,” PCA noted in a late-December statement on the final rule. “[The] rule strikes the right balance in establishing compliance limits that, while still extremely challenging, are now realistic and achievable. PCA and EPA agreed that the revised standards and reset compliance period are essential to preserving jobs at domestic cement facilities, providing direct support for an American manufacturing industry that is critical to our nation’s infrastructure.

“PCA supports meeting the demand for portland cement through environmentally and socially responsible business practices, which have been implemented for decades by our member companies in their local communities. The industry has invested in technology to reduce air emissions, minimize waste production, recycle and recover inputs, enhance energy efficiency and conserve natural resources – all the while producing a reliable and affordable supply of building materials to support our economy.”

PCA and EPA observations, coupled with the new rule’s sharply lower emissions benchmarks, proved insufficient for the Sierra Club-aligned Earthjustice law firm and activist groups from six states, which responded to the agency’s announcement with a litany of grievances under the heading, “Christmas Comes Early for Cement Industry.”

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