This week in ceramic news, SDPB Radio reports that a Portland cement plant in Rapid City, S.D., will spend $90 million to install a new bio-mass-fueled kiln. According to the story, “Steve Post, plant manager, says the new bio-mass fired kiln can make heat from timber slash left over from thinning and logging operations in the Black Hills.”
Tom Troxel of the Black Hills Forest Resource Association is quoted as saying, “One of the things I hate to see is the big slash piles burned in the wintertime. And, if there is any way we figure out a way to utilize them, then there is a benefit to that. Plus we don’t have the smoke, it’s burned much hotter and much cleaner and less smoke from that (kiln) so I think it’s a win all the way around.”
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