Lafarge Finalizes Consent Decree Amendment for Ravena Plant
New Schedule Advances Modernization Project, Improves Environmental Performance, Plant Efficiency and Helps Create and Protect Local Jobs
Lafarge North America Inc.
Lafarge North America today announced the final approval of an extension agreement between the Company and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that sets June 30, 2016 as the new completion date for its new, state-of-the-art Ravena cement facility.
The new date prevents a previously mandated plant shutdown scheduled to occur by January 1, 2015 that would have negatively affected Ravena employees and their families.
Under the agreement, Lafarge will:
"To strengthen Lafarge's core market position in the Northeast, significant capital investments are being committed to the Ravena plant," said Mike Kralik, Lafarge Ravena plant manager. "Lafarge is focused on transforming the Ravena plant into an efficient, competitive, state-of-the-art facility equipped with advanced efficiency features that will enable the plant to compete successfully and meet the economy's need for high quality cement."
Uncertain market conditions make it necessary to adjust the modernization schedule to establish practical timelines.
Despite the underperforming national economic outlook, Lafarge Ravena's product is in demand supplying several high profile projects in the Northeast including the new Freedom Tower and the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City and the Global Foundries plant located in Malta, New York.
"Even under challenging market conditions, the Lafarge Ravena plant is supplying more than one million tons of locally produced cement for construction projects of all sizes and in many locations throughout the region," added Kralik.
In addition to the stringent, first-of-its-kind mercury emissions cap under which the Ravena plant voluntarily operates today, the plant will modify its kiln operation schedule under the agreement, an improvement projected to further reduce other air emissions (Particulate Matter). The plant will also implement even stricter emissions limits to reduce SO2 and Hg emissions by an additional 20% over the next three years.
The modernization project is expected to help protect the 112 existing union and non-union jobs at the plant, and create up to an additional 800 temporary jobs during the construction phase.
Under the proposed amendment, Lafarge will adhere to an updated schedule that will advance construction of a new kiln, kiln motors, preheater cyclones, and clinker cooler components needed to complete the modernized facility by June 30, 2016. At that time, the existing Ravena plant - which remains in compliance with all current environmental requirements - will be taken offline.
The modernized Ravena plant will be equipped with new air pollution control technology to reduce specific air emissions, and with continuous monitoring systems to meet, if not exceed, the strict new emission standards adopted by the EPA.
The Ravena Plant modernization project received widespread support from the public, advocates, and community and business leaders after undergoing an extensive and transparent review process.
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Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has more than 260 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 3,000 employees in 40 States in its U.S. cement, aggregate and concrete businesses. Lafarge U.S. is an operating unit of Lafarge North America Inc. Lafarge is active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architectural Students and the National Building Museum.
Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials and employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, the Group contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.
With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on the Lafarge Group's website: www.lafarge.com