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Date 05/01/2012

Lafarge North America Creates Environmental Win with Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Westminster, Colorado

Lafarge North America Inc.

 

Lafarge North America is pleased to announce that it finalized agreements with the U.S. Department of Energy, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The State of Colorado, Jefferson and Boulder Counties and the City of Boulder to help preserve and protect natural resources within and adjacent to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. 

 

Lafarge held leases to extract sand and gravel on three properties totaling approximately 1,300 acres around the Wildlife Refuge.  It had been working in cooperation with the aforementioned agencies and jurisdictions as they developed intergovernmental proposals, which included their purchase of Lafarge's leased mining interests in the area and ultimately expand the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge. The first lease was terminated and the mining permit for 640 acres was recently transferred to Boulder County. The second lease of 605 acres was terminated and is undergoing final reclamation in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy. The mining rights on the third parcel are expected to be turned over to the U.S. Department of Energy later this year.

 

"This agreement represents a unique opportunity to protect natural habitat through a public / private partnership," explained Steve Peterson, VP of Lafarge West.  "We are excited that this project came to fruition.  It supports our company's sustainability ambitions and reinforces our environmental commitment," continued Peterson. 

 

"This is a great win for the Refuge, the State of Colorado, and the surrounding communities," added Scott Surovchak, Rocky Flats Site Manager with US Department of Energy.  "It's a satisfying accomplishment when agencies at all levels, along with local business and landowners, can work together for the good of wildlife habitat."

Contact:

Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood,
Communications Director

United States
303.895.0455

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Lafarge North America Inc.'s U.S. based cement, aggregate, concrete and gypsum operations ("Lafarge") have approximately 4,500 employees and 400 industrial and distribution sites in 41 States.  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, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete. With 68,000 employees in 64 countries, the Group posted sales of 15.3 billion Euros in 2011.  Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., ("Lafarge"), are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. 

 

The Lafarge Group entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions.  For the second year in a row, the Lafarge Group ranked amongst the top 10 of 500 companies evaluated by the "Carbon Disclosure Project" in recognition of the Group's strategy and actions against global warming.  With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

 

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