California cement plant agrees to pay $1.4 million pollution fine
CalPortland Company (CPC), a major producer of Portland cement and building materials in the United States, has agreed to pay a $1.425 million penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its cement plant in Mojave, Calif.
As announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), CPC will spend an additional $1.3 million on pollution controls that will reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2), pollutants that can lead to childhood asthma and smog.
The $1.425 million penalty is one of the largest settlements for a single cement facility, according to federal authorities, who described the Mojave plant as “one of the largest emitters of nitrogen oxide pollution in California.” .The plant is located in Kern County, Calif., which has some of the worst air pollution in the country. The pollutants covered in the settlement contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog. Exposure to even low levels of ozone can cause respiratory problems, and repeated exposure can aggravate pre-existing respiratory diseases.
The government’s complaint alleges that CPC made significant modifications to its plant, resulting in increased emissions of NOx, SO2 and carbon monoxide, without first obtaining a Clean Air Act-required permit and without installing necessary pollution control equipment.
The proposed consent decree will be lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, and will be subject to a 30-day public comment period.
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Railing manufacturers merge
BW Creative Wood Industries, a manufacturer of both interior and exterior railing systems, components and accessories for the residential housing market, has acquired the Probuilt DIY aluminum railing from Alco Ventures. The purchase price was not disclosed.
“BW Creative has been looking for new opportunities to grow its business, and Alco’s Probuilt railing business provides this opportunity,” said company president and CEO Rob Mitchell.
“This is a terrific opportunity for Probuilt dealers who now gain access to the full line of interior and exterior railing products from BW Creative, including RailSimple and StairSimple, and for BW Creative dealers who can now strengthen their position with the addition of the Probuilt DIY aluminum railing line.”
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Epicor names LBM team
Epicor Software Corp., a provider of business software solutions, has announced the appointment of two industry veterans to lead its lumber and building materials (LBM) segment.
Cary Anderson, currently director of the Epicor lumber software development team, will manage LBM operations, which include product development, professional services and support. Bob Chamberlain, formerly of Hope Lumber & Supply, will run the Epicor LBM sales organization.
Epicor merged with Activant Solutions earlier this year as part of a deal where Apax Partners, a private equity firm, acquires both of the software solutions providers.