Environmentalists move to nix fly ash From LEED point consideration

Environmentalists’ latest weapon to undermine the use of coal in power generation follows a curious trajectory: The U.S. Green Building Council’s public comment process for LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] rating system revisions. A group comprising federal and state environmental and law enforcement agency officials, PEER contends that construction-grade–the most widely used coal combustion residual (CCR)–should not qualify as a recycled material in the LEED rating system. It conveyed that position to the USGBC, which on January 19 closed the first of two public comment periods this year toward a new LEED version in fall 2012.

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'Carbon emissions free' cement targeted to meet green construction materials demand

Mexico's Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., announced that consolidated net sales increased 1% in the fourth quarter of 2010 to $3.5 billion and decreased 3% for the full year to $14.1 billion, versus the comparable periods in 2009. Operating EBITDA increased 2% in the fourth quarter of 2010 to $482 million and decreased 13% for the full year to $2.3 billion.

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Ash Grove gets closure on Texas wet-kiln-cement refusal

Almost two years after Ash Grove filed a federal lawsuit against Dallas's refusal to buy its wet-kiln-made cement as a violation of the state's competitive bidding laws, Dallas and Arlington, the only two parties who kept fighting Ash Grove in federal court, have negotiated a proposed settlement that will bring the litigation to a close. Dallas was one of the many municipalities that had refused to buy Ash Grove's Midlothian, Texas-made cement, as part of its cleaner-air, "green cement" initiative launched in 2007. Also named were Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas County Schools, Tarrant County, and Plano, which was dismissed from the initial litigation and named in a later complaint.

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Cemex to pay $1.4 million for Clean Air Act violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced recently that Houston-based Cemex, Inc., one of the largest producers of portland cement in the United States, has agreed to pay a $1.4 million penalty for Clean Air Act violations at its cement plant in Fairborn, Ohio, acquired by Cemex in 2000. In addition to the penalty, Cemex will spend an estimated $2 million on controls that will reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions.

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