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ASTM publishes Product Category Rules for Concrete Masonry Products

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

An NCMA-led team of producers and allied interests has finalized “Product Category Rules for Preparing an Environmental Product Declaration for Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products.” The 21-page document presents baseline data for life cycle assessments producers detail in Environmental Product Declarations.

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Private equity deal preempts Hanson Building Products initial public offering

Sources: Heidelberg Cement AG, Germany; CP staff

Germany’s HeidelbergCement projects a first quarter 2015 closing on the $1.4 billion sale of Hanson Building Products operations in the U.S., Eastern Canada and United Kingdom to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds, a real estate investment-centered private equity firm with Dallas, New York and Frankfurt offices. A definitive agreement on the transaction, announced just before Christmas, supersedes a Hanson Building Products Ltd. public offering HeidelbergCement had outlined three months prior in a U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission filing.

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With NESHAP for portland cement settled, EPA turns to brick kiln emissions

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

In its latest round of national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP), EPA proposes lower limits for mercury and non-mercury metals, plus hydrogen and chlorine gases from clay brick tunnel (continuous curing) kilns, coupled with target startup and shutdown periods. The agency also envisions work practice standards for more specialized periodic kilns, which are heated up to 2,000° F, then left to cool for several days. Tunnel kilns are typically fired by natural gas or sawdust; periodic kilns, coal.

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