PCA: Regs threaten repeat of oil import model in cement

In testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Portland Cement Association Chairman and Titan America CEO Aris Papadopoulos appealed for replacement of onerous regulations covering cement production with policies that promote job growth, investment certainty and responsible environmental stewardship. Subcommittee on Energy and Power Chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY) called to assess the impact of recent Environmental Protection Agency rulemakings on cement plants, boilers and utilities.

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CalPortland earns 7th straight Energy Star Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded CalPortland Company a 2011 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. CalPortland’s accomplishments were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 12.

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MonierLifetile deploys photocatalytic cement in smog-wise profile on single-family prototypes

Boral Roofing has turned to titanium dioxide-dosed cement for Smog-Eating Tile, the latest addition to concrete offerings under the MonierLifetile brand. The specialty cement’s photocatalytic properties speed up oxidation of pollutants and contaminants deposited on concrete surfaces. Smog-Eating Tiles are molded with a base and face mixes, the latter bearing the performance powder.

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Safety, carbon benchmarks strengthen Cemex sustainable development audit

In its 2010 Sustainable Development Report, covering global concrete, cement and aggregate production, Monterrey, Mexico-based Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., cites significant progress in key performance indicators relating to workplace safety, environment and climate change, biodiversity and wilderness preservation, and contribution to local communities.

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