Roanoke Cement Certified as Exemplary Environmental Enterprise by DEQ
TROUTVILLE, Va., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — During an extensive tour of Roanoke Cement Company’s (RCC) main campus last week, the Commonwealth’s DEQ Director, David Paylor, formally recognized the plant as an Exemplary Environmental Enterprise within the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP). VEEP was established to encourage superior environmental performance by encouraging facilities and organizations within the Commonwealth — that have strong, established environmental records — to go above and beyond what is environmentally required by regulations, and establish even better benchmarks of performance.
RCC’s acceptance as an “E3″ participant is defined in the context of a facility (as opposed to an organization, agency or government.) VEEP was established in 2000 and RCC was “accepted” as its initial cement producing facility. The facility-based track promotes the use of environmental management systems (EMS) and pollution prevention and serves to help organizations minimize the affect of their operations on the environment.
The DEQ recommends that an EMS model consider the three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental and economic, and emphasize a continuous improvement philosophy. RCC has implemented “Envirolis,” an EMS system that ensures all regulatory requirements are met on time. The certification included several audits and visits to the site by the DEQ, including a full day with DEQ’s Pollution Prevention team touring and auditing the facility in June.
The certification as an Exemplary Environmental Enterprise by the Virginia DEQ is the latest in environmental recognition for RCC. This year was the seventh consecutive year the U.S. E.P.A. awarded RCC an Energy Star. For the second year in a row, the Troutville plant was the winner of Portland Cement Association’s Cement Industry Energy and Environment “Outreach” Award. The Wildlife Habitat Council also certified the site.
Roanoke Cement Company is a subsidiary of Titan America LLC, the premier heavy building materials producer in the eastern United States. Titan America is headquartered in Norfolk, VA and its products include cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete and fly ash beneficiation. Its parent company, Titan Cement Company, S.A., headquartered in Athens, Greece, is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, a group of companies committed to sustainable and socially responsible business practices.
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SOURCE Roanoke Cement Company