Lafarge receives extension for Ravena plant upgrade

Less than a month after news regarding delays in Titan’s project at Castle Hayne, today sees a news item regarding delays in Lafarge’s project at Ravena.   The conditions are slightly different at Ravena, though, as Lafarge agreed to a settlement of alleged Clean Air Act violations in 2010 which included the replacement of two exiting kilns with a new kiln line by January 1, 2015.  Due to market conditions, Lafarge sought a delay in the replacement of the existing lines for a period of 18 months.  In exchange for a delay until July 1, 2016, Lafarge has agreed to fund $1.5 million in local projects targeting lower air pollution, as well as lower emissions limits on the new kiln for mercury, as well as potentially lower NOx and SOx limits.   A large part of the agreement also provides that Lafarge will provide up to $2 million for training of employees if the plant is closed without upgrading the kiln lines.

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