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Planning permission denied to new grinding plant

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Local planning officials have denied permission to build a €45 million grinding plant in Vellejo, California. According to media reports, the proposal was rejected in a 6-1 vote by the Vallejo planning commission. The plant had been proposed by Orcem Americas, a subsidiary of Irish cement manufacturer, Ecocem.

Orcem President, Steve Bryant, said he had not been surprised by the result – although the scale of opposition was unexpected.

“I’m not surprised by the denial,” Bryan told the Tribune News Service. “I am surprised by the 6-1 vote.” The company would appeal the decision to the Vallejo City Council, Bryan added. The City Council has the power to overturn the planning commission’s decision.

The grinding plant would be Ecocem’s fouth international facility – and its first in North America. The plant would be located on the site of a former flour mill and process imported ground granulated blastfurnce slag, a byproduct of the steel industry that can be added to Portland cement.

The Orcem project would have replaced the existing flour mill and storage silos with a purpose-built milling plant, including silos, and truck and rail loading facilities.

Orcem’s plant is part of a plan to redevelop the Vallejo Marine Terminal for industrial use through the removal of an existing timber wharf and the construction of a modern deep-water terminal.

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