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CalPortland to upgrade equipment in order to reduce emissions

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MDAQMD, the air pollution control authority for the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and the Palo Verde Valley, Riverside County, US, awarded a US$175 000 grant to help CalPortland replace a 1999 TEREX Bore/Drill rig with a 2019 Caterpillar MD2650 Drill. With the new drill, the company expects to see a 76% reduction on average in nitrogen oxides (NOx), reactive organic gases (ROG) and particulate matter (PM) combined.

“CalPortland continues to be a community partner that is aggressive in their efforts to reduce emissions,” said Brad Poiriez, MDAQMD’s Executive Director. He added, “we hope they continue to serve as an example to others to explore the options the district can provide in creating a healthier environment for our residents.”

The grant funding comes from the Carl Moyer Programme, which provides monetary grants to private companies and public agencies to clean up their heavy-duty engines beyond what is required by law, through retrofitting, repowering, or replacing their engines with newer and cleaner ones.

“CalPortland continues to seek out opportunities to save energy and lower our carbon footprint by reducing emissions in the communities where we operate,” said Bruce Shafer, Senior Vice President Cement Operations, CalPortland. “Partnering with the MDAQMD has allowed us to replace older technology with a more efficient drill that significantly reduces emissions.”

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