Cement Americas

WIN 2019

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14 CEMENT AMERICAS • Winter 2019 • www.cementamericas.com America's Cement Manufacturers TM Ireland added, "EPA's new proposal balances the need to encourage economic growth with protecting the environ- ment. We particularly appreciate EPA's exclusion of quarries from the definition - a common sense provision that helps ensure that our members can meet the demand for resilient and sustainable building materials. As the federal govern- ment steps in to improve our nations declining infrastructure, cement manufacturers stand ready to lead in that effort." During a roundtable meeting with U.S. Environmental Pro- tection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheel- er, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) applauded the progress the agency has made with its Smart Sectors pro- gram, while also calling for changes to its non-hazardous secondary materials (NHSM) policy. PCA Vice President and Counsel for Government Affairs Charles Franklin explained during the meeting why reform- ing the NHSM policy – which governs when and how alter- native fuels can be used for energy recovery in cement kilns and other types of boilers and incinerators – is so important. "A robust alternative fuels policy supports many of the cur- rent administration's key priorities, including energy secu- rity, fuel diversification, public health and environmental protection, economic development, and infrastructure investment," said Franklin. "Materials that would oth- erwise end up in landfills, illegal dumps, or our nation's waterways can offer great value as fuels for cement kilns. These kilns operate at temperatures that ensure highly effi- cient heat recovery, with emissions profiles similar to if not better than those of traditional fossil fuels." While many cement manufacturers already strive to use alternative fuels, they are often limited by federal regula- tions that deem such materials to be wastes, subjecting facilities to onerous permitting requirements and restric- tions. PCA, joined by other supportive industries at the meeting, urged Wheeler and his team to work with the industry to review current regulatory policies, guidance and legal interpretations to identify suitable reforms. "When EPA launched Smart Sectors a year ago, we were cautiously optimistic that the new liaison program would encourage mutually-beneficial engagement between reg- ulators and regulated industries," said PCA President and CEO Michael Ireland. "Since then, the program has exceed- ed our expectations. Smart Sectors staff have invested time to understand our industry's unique challenges and have helped our members navigate EPA's regulatory develop- ment and public engagement process." The Portland Cement Association, founded in 1916, rep- resents 93 percent of U.S. cement production capacity and have facilities in all 50 states. The association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment. NACA Lauds Passage of 'America's Water Infrastructure Act' The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) praised the passage of the America's Water Infrastructure Act, which continues the cycle of passing a Water Resources Develop- ment Act (WRDA) every two years. Passage of vital water infrastructure and resource programs every two years means Congress is ensuring America can build and maintain 21st century infrastructure, while supporting the 600,000 jobs across the cement and concrete industries. "America's water infrastructure, from waterways to drink- ing water systems, will remain strong thanks to Congress," said PCA President and CEO Michael Ireland. "Concrete is a central component in many of these projects, where resil- iency and life-cycle cost are huge assets. PCA is grateful Congress has adopted many of the provisions supported by the cement and concrete industry and we urge President Trump to sign the bill into law." Elements of the legislation most widely supported by the industry include: • Increasing infrastructure investment in waterway and flood control, including $6.1 billion for 12 new Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) projects. • Reauthorizing water infrastructure construction pro- grams like the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. • Measures encouraging resilient and durable construc- tion techniques using concrete. NACA will continue working with Congress as other vital large-scale infrastructure bills are considered. Formed in 2004, NACA is a coalition of 12 concrete- and cement-re- lated associations dedicated to addressing industry-wide priorities in the areas of research, safety, education and government affairs. Cement Industry Emphasizes Importance of Alternative Fuels Policy Reform

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