AES wins cement works monitoring contract

Air monitoring specialist AES (Analytical Environmental Services) recently clinched a new contract worth nearly £500,000 over three years with Castle Cement, one of the UK's largest cement manufacturers to monitor are emissions from the company's three manufacturing sites, at Ribblesdale in Lancashire, Padeswood in North Wales and Ketton in Rutland.

The cement manufacturer employees over 1,200 people nationally and sells more than three million tonnes of cement a year. Castle Cement has a strict environmental policy in place to ensure that fine dust and gases from the production process comply with Environment Agency regulations.

Ian Walpole, Castle's Environment Manager, said: "We are committed to caring for the environment by including environmental considerations in business decisions made at all levels of the company."

AES has also extended its wide range of sampling and analysis services with the announcement of a new ambient air and noise monitoring service. The company is investing £250,000 in specialist equipment and recruitment and launched the service from the beginning of this month, targeted at local authorities, industry and consultants.

Services already provided by AES include a wide range of UKAS accredited inorganic and organic chemical analysis for contaminated land, water and air samples. Other services include its specialist dioxin and furan analysis, legionella risk assessments and effluent treatment evaluations.

The company already offers a comprehensive air monitoring service which measures stack emissions for a range of customers, including municipal incinerators and industrial sites, however the new service will measure air quality in the wider environment.

Expanding services
The move comes as AES looks to expand its range of services to meet the increasing demand from both local authorities and industries which are required to comply with European air quality legislation such as IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) regulations.

John Allen, Laboratory Director at AES, said: "We expect demand for the new service to be greatest from local authorities who have to comply with the UK Air Quality Strategy, as well as from the landfill and waste management business, environmental consultants and government agencies."


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