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PCA urges reform of policy governing use of alternative fuels

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The Portland Cement Association has called for changes to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) Policy at a recent roundtable meeting with Acting EPA Administration, Andrew Wheeler. The NHSM Policy governs when and how alternative fuels, such as paper, plastics, carpeting, and tyres, can be used in cement kilns and other types of boilers and incinerators.

“A robust alternative fuels policy supports many of the current administration’s key priorities, including energy security, fuel diversification, public health and environmental protection, economic development, and infrastructure investment,” said PCA Vice President and Counsel for Government Affairs, Charles Franklin.

“Materials that would otherwise end up in landfills, illegal dumps, or our nation’s waterways can offer great value as fuels for cement kilns. These kilns operate at temperatures that ensure highly efficient heat recovery, with emissions profiles similar to if not better than those of traditional fossil fuels.”

The PCA urged the EPA to work with the cement industry to review current regulatory policies, guidance, and legal interpretations to reform policy to allow wider use of alternative fuels in the US cement industry. According to PCA, use of alternative fuels is often limited by federal regulations that deem such materials to be wastes, subjecting plants that use them to prohibitive permitting requirement and restrictions.

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