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www.cementamericas.com • Spring 2018 • CEMENT AMERICAS 11 CEMENTSCOPE A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge rejected a bid to block the burning of tires at Lafarge Canada's Brookfield cement plant, reported CBC News. Last summer, provincial Environ- ment Minister Iain Rankin gave the green light to a one-year test project allowing Lafarge to substitute tires for its regu- lar fuel at the facility. Five residents who live near the Brookfield plant asked for a judicial review of the minister's decision, arguing that Rankin's approval of the project violated Nova Scotia's Envi- ronment Act because the minister had failed to properly consider the project's potential risk to air and water quality in the area surrounding the plant. In a written decision, Justice James Chipman said there was no reason to overturn the minister's decision. " The analysis does not require the court to become bogged down in an 'academy of science' review," Chipman wrote. "In taking a wide-angled perspective, it is appar- ent that there is no support for the applicants' primary ground on this judicial review. When I evaluate the min- ister's decision as an organic whole, I find it easily passes muster and must be regarded as an outcome within the range of reason." Chipman affirmed the minister and department staff ade- quately reviewed the potential risks and requirements of the project before agreeing to let it go ahead. Lafarge plans to burn about 20 metric tons of tires a day – up to 5,200 metric tons a year – in place of fossil fuels. Once the company has obtained an industrial approval for the one-year pilot project, the province's waste diversion agency is expected to shift a supply of about 280,000 tires annually to Lafarge. A similar request by Lafarge in 2007 was denied by the province after an advisory committee recommended recy- cling scrap tires rather than incinerating them. Cement Additives Growth to Reach $2.0B in 2022 Demand for cement additives in the U.S. is forecast to expand 7.2 percent annually to $2.0 billion in 2022, the fast- est rate of increase of any major type of construction chem- ical, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. Healthy growth will be driven in part by the uptake of high- er value and better performing additives such as water reducers and specialty additives. The continued uptake of advanced cement technologies offering superior perfor- mance and ease of placement – high performance con- crete (HPC) and self-consolidating concrete (SCC) – will also boost demand. These and other trends are presented in The Freedonia Group's "Construction Chemicals in the U.S., 7th Edition." Highways and streets are the largest single market for cement additives, accounting for 40 percent of demand in 2017 and forecast to expand 7.5 percent yearly through 2022. Gains will be boosted by increased spending on trans- portation infrastructure – bridges in particular. Demand for all types of construction chemicals in the U.S. is projected to expand 5.0 percent per year through 2022. Growth will be stimulated by: • Healthy growth in new transportation infrastructure con- struction spending, as well as industrial and institutional. • Gain in improvement and repair spending for residential and nonresidential buildings. • Consumer preferences for more windows, larger kitch- ens and decks in new home construction. • A shift in the product mix toward higher value, more sus- tainable, cost-effective and user-friendly products due to growing concerns regarding the environmental and health impact of construction chemicals. Judge Rules in Favor of Lafarge Alternative Fuel Project Combustion and kiln specialist FCT Combustion announced that 2018 will be a record year for the company with proj- ects running in every continent except Antarctica, covering a wide range of industries. "Growing an awareness of our company and its capabilities is key to ensuring its continued growth," said Con Manias, managing director of FCT International. "We have estab- lished more offices around the globe to get closer to our customers and deliver a better service than what the mar- ket has been used to." Manias added that the company anticipates its latest burn- er, the Turbu-Flex, will be launched this month. The Tur- FCT Combustion Looks Forward to Rewarding Year

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