$225K EPA grant moves recycled glass cement substitute toward market

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Staff reports On the heels of research detailed in its “Value-Added Use of Milled Mixed-Color Waste Glass as a Supplementary Cementitious Material in Environmentally Friendly and Energy-Efficient Concrete Building Construction” report, Lansing, Mich.-based Technova Corp. is among 10 recipients sharing $2.25 million in grants under the EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

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New edition of Innovations in Portland Cement Manufacturing addresses today’s challenges

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill. The new edition of Innovations in Portland Cement Manufacturing was released during the 2011 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference, May 22-25, in St. Louis, Mo. The fully revised second edition highlights the complex challenges facing cement manufacturers in today’s regulatory and manufacturing arenas.

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Buzzi Unicem plants receive Energy Star honor

Source: Buzzi Unicem USA, Bethlehem, Pa. Buzzi Unicem USA recently announced that the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy have awarded three of the company’s U.S. cement plants the Energy Star designation for their superior energy performance. Buzzi’s plants in Festus, Mo., Maryneal, Texas, and Signal Mountain, Tenn., received the honor.

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Economic study details cumulative impact of cement industry regulations

The U.S. cement industry–already one of the most heavily regulated in the country–is currently facing no fewer than seven different existing or proposed EPA regulatory standards that, cumulatively, will severely hamper the industry and the economy for minimal environmental benefit. A study, released by the Portland Cement Association (PCA), examines the cumulative impact of these regulations on the U.S. cement,…

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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…

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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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Holcim to pay $50,000 for unpermitted discharges at Devil’s Slide Quarry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Holcim (US), Inc. have entered into a consent agreement in which Holcim will pay a $50,000 penalty for unpermitted discharges to the Weber River at the Devil’s Slide Quarry in Morgan, Utah. The agreement resolves an EPA complaint alleging that runoff from the quarry entered the river without a required Clean Water Act…

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