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Cement plant in Rugby cuts emissions

CEMEX has cut emissions of dust from its controversial Rugby cement plant by 80%, the construction supplier announced yesterday.
The reduction was achieved following the installation of a £6.5M bag filter system to the plant's exhaust duct in March. The filter extracts dust from gases produced in the cement kiln as it passes from the kiln to the chimney.Before Cemex took over the plant in 2005, it had been subject to a judicial inquiry in 2004 after local residents raised fears the plant's emissions were putting their health at risk.But an independent report by Faber Maunsell on emission levels in the Warwickshire town found the plant posed no significant risk to local health.The judicial review was subsequently dismissed.The filter uses 6,000 Teflon coated fibreglass bags. Dust is collected on the outside of the bag and the collected dust (mainly chalk) is recycled back into the cement-making process.

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