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Ravena Cement plans upgrades

In a release, Lafarge said the proposed project at the Ravena Cement Plant, which has been making construction materials since 1962, would include several environmental and economic aspects.

The company stated the upgrades would include the use of state-of-the-art technology to improve fuel efficiency and enhance environmental protection; help ensure the long-term future of the Ravena plant in Albany County; provide a "significant economic benefit to the local community"; use modern processes to allow Lafarge to maintain highly competitive positions in terms of safety, product quality, operating efficiency and production costs.

If approved and confirmed, the project would start in 2013.

Once the environmental assessment form is accepted by the DEC, Lafarge's proposed project will enter the State Environmental Quality Review process.

During the process, the project will undergo further study, environmental impact assessments and public comment periods. Aside from its recent mercury woes, Lafarge continually points to several environmental initiatives it has undertaken such as partnering with the RCS and community youth groups to provide the Deer Mountain Nature Trail, a 150-acre wildlife learning and habitat development center.

The Lafarge Group is an international building materials manufacturer, creating products such as cement, aggregates and, and gypsum. The company reports that is has 90,000 employees in 76 countries and that the Lafarge Group posted sales of 17.6 billion Euros and net income of 1.9 billion Euros in 2007.

Lafarge North America Inc., is a subsidy of French-based manufacture Lafarge SAA.

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