December Cement Shipments Drop Slightly

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in December 2018 were 6.2 million metric tons (Mt), a slight decrease from shipments in December 2017, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments, including imports, for the full year totaled 97.7 Mt, an increase of 2.3% from those in 2017.

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USGS Report Quantifies Cement Production

According to the just-released 2019 edition of the U.S. Geological Survey's Mineral Commodity Reports, production of portland cement in 2018 in the United States increased slightly to about 85.4 million tons, and output of masonry cement continued to be stagnant at 2.4 million tons. Cement was produced at 98 plants in 34 States, and at two plants in Puerto Rico. Overall U.S. cement production continued to be well below the record level of 99 million tons reported in 2005, indicating continued full-time idle status at a few plants, underutilized capacity at many others, production disruptions from plant upgrades, plant closures over the interim, and relatively inexpensive imports in some recent years.

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PCA Applauds Confirmation of Andrew Wheeler to EPA Administrator

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) congratulated Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on his confirmation as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). PCA applauded the Senate for his confirmation, ensuring regulatory certainty for the cement and concrete industry, while guaranteeing the vital mission of the agency continues.

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Cement Association of Canada Decries Lack of Wood Building Safety in BC

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) expressed surprise at the announcement by the government of British Columbia (BC) that they would bypass the ongoing 2020 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) processes and allow municipalities to issue building permits for encapsulated mass timber construction (EMTC) up to 12 stories. The Building Code review process is not yet complete.

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