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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Cemex seeks state permission to test burn alternative fuels at Brooksville kilns

Cemex Construction Materials Florida LLC has applied to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a short-term trial testing of a list of alternative products the company wants to burn to operate the plant's cement kilns, including plastic agricultural film; agricultural waste, such as animal bedding, citrus peels and rice hulls; carpet-derived fuel; woody biomass; roofing shingles; paper; and tire-derived fuel.

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Delays expected on Holcim New Zealand cement plant

A decision on whether a new $400 million cement plant will be built near Weston is now not expected until the second half of this year. Holcim NZ, which has resource consents to build the plant, had hoped its parent company in Switzerland, Holcim Ltd, would make a decision before the middle of the year. However, Holcim NZ has now been asked for further information on the proposal. New Zealand has been rocked by series of earthquakes in recent weeks.

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