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The Ministry of Environment has stepped up its radiological tests for Japanese coal ash waste, and the cement industry has declared it will replace Japanese coal ash with domestic coal ash or other raw materials.
The Korea Cement Association announced on the 19th, saying, "The cement industry will actively cooperate with the Ministry of Environment's efforts to strengthen environmental safety management of imported coal materials." .
According to the Association, the total coal ash used for cement production last year was 3.15 million tons, of which 128 million tons of coal ash (40.6%) imported from overseas were imported from Japan.
The Association emphasized that, if the government is strengthening imported coal ash environmental safety management, the cement industry will have difficulty in procuring raw materials due to instability of domestic coal ash supply.
At the same time, we suggested that we will make efforts to secure alternative raw materials, such as the development of clay mines, a natural resource.
The association said, "We have been conducting radiation and radiological tests in various stages before and after customs clearance in the process of importing Japanese coal ash, and have never exceeded the legal standard." I emphasized that there was no.
The association said, “We need to take care and consideration to minimize the damage to the cement industry and the economy, which is the national infrastructure industry.” I added.