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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 24, 2011
The federal government is suing the owner of a Hagerstown cement plant for polluting the air, a legal step the company said is unnecessary and surprising. Attorney William Bumpers said St. Lawrence Cement tried to introduce a pollution-reducing measure at the Security Road plant, with the blessing of the Maryland Department of the Environment. When that project caused an unintended consequence of creating other pollution, the company worked to fix it, he said. However, the Justice Department, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, filed a civil action in April against Holcim (US)
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 4, 2013
In the wake of a settlement to resolve violations of the federal Clean Air Act, a spokeswoman for Holcim, which operates a cement manufacturing plant east of Hagerstown, said the company is weighing its options on how to proceed. “There are a few options that are out there for us,” Holcim spokeswoman Robin DeCarlo said Thursday. “They're outlined in the consent decree.” The proposed consent decree, filed July 11 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, allows 30 days for public comment before final court approval, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which announced the settlement.
SPORTS
August 5, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013 ADULT SOFTBALL Washington Co. Senior League Funkstown Tavern 19, Family Heritage Trust 4 Funkstown: Ron Gentile, Wayne Shank 4 hits each. Holcim 9, FOP 3 Holcim: Steve Ryhne, Tom Hymes 3 hits each. Washington Co. Co-Rec League Budweiser 11, Boyer's 5 Budweiser: Brett Berglund 4 hits; Guy Robinson 3 hits.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 12, 2013
The current and former owners of the Holcim cement plant east of Hagerstown have agreed to pay $700,000 in civil penalties to resolve violations of the federal Clean Air Act that included sulfur-dioxide emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Holcim also has agreed to spend at least $150,000 on a mitigation project to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and other pollutants through the replacement of an outdated loader with a newer model that complies with EPA standards, an EPA news release said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | June 17, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Construction work on a road that would ease traffic congestion on Eastern Boulevard probably won't begin until 2016, Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said. The proposed road would be built behind the Stone House Square shopping center and extend from Eastern Boulevard near the Hagerstown YMCA to Md. 60 at Marsh Pike, Kroboth said Tuesday. Holcim Inc., the cement company that owns the land on which the road would be constructed, is in the process of working out an agreement with Washington County and Hagerstown city officials to establish rights of way to build the four-lane road.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 17, 2011
A worker at the Holcim (US) Inc. cement plant on Security Road was injured Thursday afternoon when a drilling tool fell on him in a quarry where workers have been pumping out water, officials said. The man was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown with a collapsed lung and is expected to make a full recovery, officials said. Robin DeCarlo, spokeswoman for Holcim (US) Inc., said the worker was conscious, speaking and alert after the accident. The accident occurred when a "drill steel" came lose from a drill, according to Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.
NEWS
July 13, 2010
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the relocation of a portion of Old Forge Road by cement company Holcim Inc. Holcim wants the road relocated to make way for potential future expansion and to address safety concerns about its equipment crossing the road, county Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III has said. The cement company would convey all necessary rights of way for the relocated road to the county and perform all construction, to the county's satisfaction, at no cost to county taxpayers, Kroboth said.
NEWS
July 9, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- A public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday on a proposal to relocate part of Old Forge Road, Washington County spokesman Norman Bassett said in a press release. Cement company Holcim Inc. approached the county about the road relocation to make way for potential future expansion, county Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III has said. The cement company would convey all necessary rights of way for the relocated road to the county and perform all construction, to the county's satisfaction, at no cost to county taxpayers, Kroboth said.
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SPORTS
August 15, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013 ADULT SOFTBALL Washington Co. Senior League Funkstown Tavern 14, Superior Dairy 2 Funkstown: Nick Fratrick, Rick Koz, Steve Lease, Wayne Shank 3 hits each; John Hawbaker HR. Holcim 10, Family Heritage 6 Holcim: Lew McIntyre, Doug Keener 3 hits each. GOLF Beaver Creek Ladies League Step-aside scramble: 1. Mary Kay Kresslein, Kathy Hose, Nancy Corun, 79; 2. Georgia Barton, Susan Kassman, Linda Huckleberry, 86; 3. Joy Neikirk, Cheryl Wilkes, Maggie Clopper, 92. Regular net: 1. Joni Rouse, 66; 2. Kathy Hose, 67; 3. (tie)
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NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 4, 2013
In the wake of a settlement to resolve violations of the federal Clean Air Act, a spokeswoman for Holcim, which operates a cement manufacturing plant east of Hagerstown, said the company is weighing its options on how to proceed. “There are a few options that are out there for us,” Holcim spokeswoman Robin DeCarlo said Thursday. “They're outlined in the consent decree.” The proposed consent decree, filed July 11 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, allows 30 days for public comment before final court approval, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which announced the settlement.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 12, 2013
The current and former owners of the Holcim cement plant east of Hagerstown have agreed to pay $700,000 in civil penalties to resolve violations of the federal Clean Air Act that included sulfur-dioxide emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Holcim also has agreed to spend at least $150,000 on a mitigation project to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and other pollutants through the replacement of an outdated loader with a newer model that complies with EPA standards, an EPA news release said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | October 11, 2012
An accident that resulted in the drowning death of a Clear Spring man at a Hagerstown cement plant in January is being blamed on the management's failure to follow adequate safety precautions, the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration said. Amy Louviere, Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman, said the conclusion to the investigation in the death of Herman L. Weaver Jr. was issued Wednesday. Officials said the accident occurred Jan. 27 when the skid loader that Weaver was driving plunged into a 5-foot-deep water hole at the Security Quarry off Security Road.
OBITUARIES
January 29, 2012
Herman L. “Hermie” Weaver Jr., 69, of Clear Spring, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, from a work- related accident at Holcim Inc. in Hagerstown, Md. Born Aug. 12, 1942, in Hagerstown, he is the son of Esther Iona Keifer Weaver of Clear Spring and the late Herman L. Weaver Sr., who passed in 1992. He was employed with Holcim (U.S.) Inc. of Hagerstown, formerly Marquette Cement Co., for 48 years. He was a 1960 graduate of Clear Spring High School. Hermie attended Blairs Valley First Church of God, was a member of the Greencastle Sportsmen's Association and the Izaak Walton League of America.
BREAKINGNEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2012
A man in his 70s died Friday after an accident with a Bobcat loader that he was operating at the Holcim cement plant off Security Road near Hagerstown, according to authorities. The man went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived, according to Community Rescue Service Capt. Jeremy Mackrell. The identity of the victim had not been released as of 9:30 p.m. because not all of his next of kin had been notified, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Daniel Faith. Based on a preliminary investigation, it appears that the man was working in a very wet area of the quarry when the Bobcat became submerged, pinning him in the machine, Faith said.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2011
The Maryland Department of the Environment and an attorney for Holcim each say they’re waiting for the other side to act on an emissions permit request for the company’s Hagerstown cement plant. About eight years ago, St. Lawrence Cement, which owned the plant at the time, started burning tires in a kiln as part of the cement-making process to help lower the emission of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant. Attorney William Bumpers — representing Holcim, the current plant owner, and St. Lawrence Cement — said last week that the tire-fuel project unexpectedly elevated the emission level of sulfur dioxide, another air pollutant.
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