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Firms swift to act on cement regs

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UK CEMENT manufacturers have moved quickly to make sure they are fully compliant with environmental regulations brought in over Christmas.

Production giants Lafarge, Cemex, Castle Cement and Buxton Lime Industries have invested more than £12 million in a bid to comply with the European legislation.

The Waste Incineration Directive is intended to control the level of pollutants emitted by incinerated waste to groundwater, the air and soil surface and was introduced on December 28 last year. It applies to all plants that recover energy from waste or burn it for disposal.

Mike Gilbert, chief executive of industry body the British Cement Association, said the move ensured cement making would meet the standards for environmental performance.