Cement Totals-May 2011

Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va. Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 6.5 million mt in May 2011, according to the USGS. This was 2.5 percent higher compared with shipments for May 2010. Total shipments for the year through May were approximately 24.8 million mt, about 1.0 percent lower than…

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Energy & Environment Award Winners 2011

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The Cement Industry Energy & Environment Awards program was created in 2000 by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) as part of its renewed environment and energy strategic plan for the U.S. cement industry. The awards honor activities conducted during the previous calendar year, and the program is open to any cement manufacturing plant in North America.

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Bulk cargo handler blankets dust at SEPSA’s Port of Veracruz facility

A high-efficiency stevedoring and bulk cargo distribution center in Mexico has specified a powerful dust suppression technology to maximize productivity and minimize water usage, while protecting workers, the sensitive marine environment, and nearby downtown community. The atomized mist equipment from Dust Control Technology of Peoria, Ill., replaces manual hose spraying techniques, enabling the company to effectively manage both settled dust…

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Cement Totals

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 5.7 million mt in April 2011, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This was 14% lower compared with shipments for April 2010. Total shipments for the year through April were approximately 18.3 million mt, about 2% lower than the same period in 2010.

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PCA files briefs addressing challenge to EPA NESHAP, other rules

The Portland Cement Association filed legal briefs with the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals addressing the cement industry’s challenge to the portland cement national emission standard for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP).  The NESHAP rule was finalized by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in September 2010 (75 Fed. Reg. 54970). It establishes new, very stringent standards addressing particulate…

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Campaign advances life-cycle budgeting in infrastructure policy

A two-week print and online Portland Cement Association ad campaign, themed “What Are the Real Costs” and targeted to political and policy opinion leaders in Washington, D.C., aims to elevate cradle-to-grave project cost factors in transportation and infrastructure funding. The ads appeared through July 1 in Rollcall and CQ Daily print editions and in Rollcall, National Journal, and Engineering News-Record…

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