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Forum Quantifies Environmental, Fuel Economy Merits of SCR Systems

12 SCR 150Growing adoption of clean diesel systems utilizing Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology is reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency in heavy-duty trucks and smaller vehicles, according to Diesel Technology Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer.

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Group enlightens EPA on new diesel engines’ indispensable role in cleaner air

During the first of three hearings on updated national air quality standards for ground-level ozone, Diesel Technology Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer told U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials that new engine technology and accelerated upgrades to existing vehicles and equipment will be important in meeting future thresholds. EPA has proposed to strengthen ozone standards to a level within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion to further reduce national air quality issues, while also taking comments on a level as low as 60 ppb.

 

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FMCSA Exempts Mixer Truck Drivers From Hours of Service Break Rule

After 18-plus months of discussion between National Ready Mixed Concrete Association representatives, federal lawmakers and agency staff, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has exempted concrete mixer truck drivers from the 30-minute break requirement in the current hours of service (HOS) guidelines. NRMCA Chairman Allen Hamblen (CalPortland) credits association members and staff for efforts leading to “much needed regulatory relief for the industry.”

 

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Construction Coalition study: OSHA silica rule cost estimate off by $4.5 billion

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposed standards covering crystalline silica will cost contractors and their suppliers $5 billion per year—nearly $4.5 billion above estimates agency officials indicated in September 2013, when they outlined a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for general workplaces and construction sites.

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Ex-Titan America Chief Links Resiliency and Accountability

8 Aris 150Addressing the recent Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan, former Titan America CEO and past Portland Cement Association Chairman Aris Papadopoulos traced the developed world’s failure to create a disaster-resilient built environment to government and market forces. His presentation carried the theme of his new book, Resilience – The Ultimate Sustainability, emphasizing the example of the United States, with the world’s largest investment in the built environment; greatest exposure to disaster losses among developed nations; and, overall proneness to hazards, with earthquakes in the West, hurricanes on the South and East coasts, flooding potential almost everywhere, and tornado volume higher than most any other place on earth.

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