LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2006) — Kosmos Cement Co., a subsidiary of Mexican cement giant CEMEX S.A. de C.V., is considering the use of whole scrap tires as fuel at its Louisville plant.
The Kosmos plan, which is still in its preliminary stages, would involve burning 1 million to 1.2 million scrap tires at the Kosmos Louisville kilns annually, out of the approximately 6.5 million waste tires Kentucky generates every year, according to a CEMEX fact sheet.
In 1993, Kosmos quietly tabled a plan to use tires as fuel at the Louisville facility because of community opposition. The Southwest Community Association of Neighborhoods (SCAN), a group promoting the well-being of southwestern Louisville and its residents, is checking into the latest proposal but does not necessarily oppose it, according to SCAN President Diana Newton. “We feel right now that we should get all the information about the project to the community that we can,” she said.