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June 4th, 2010
Texas Lehigh Cement honored for environmental record

Hays County commissioners recently honored Buda-based Texas Lehigh Cement for its environmental practices. Pictured left to right are (front) Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley; Pct. 4 Commissioner Karen Ford; company President Bob Kidnew; Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe; Pct. 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton; (back) Lehigh plant manager Don Killebrew; Lehigh environmental manager Rick Waddell; and Lehigh safety director John Childress. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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The Hays County Commissioners Court recently adopted a proclamation recognizing Texas Lehigh Cement Company’s achievements in environmentally beneficial industry practices.

Texas Lehigh President Bob Kidnew accepted the proclamation on behalf of the company, which also received a Texas Environmental Excellence Award In May from Gov. Rick Perry’s Blue Ribbon Committee.

Texas Lehigh Cement was formed in 1986 as a joint venture to market cement from the production facility in Buda. It currently has the capacity to produce more than 1 million tons of Portland cement a year.

In 2009 Texas Lehigh worked with the Capital Area Council of Governments to voluntarily reduce the amount of ozone precursors (nitrogen oxide) at its Buda plant during Ozone Action Days.

The company also worked with Austin-based Carbon Shrinks LLC to create a Community Advisory Group and a voluntary testing protocol to help prove that emissions from alternate fuels are safe. The plant is partially powered by alternative fuels such as used tires and untreated wood waste from regional collection rather than relying entirely on fossil fuels.

— FROM HAYS COUNTY/LAUREEN CHERNOW

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