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Workforce development the White House order of the day

Associated Builders and Contractors is among 20-plus charter signatories to “Pledge to America’s Workers,” supporting a White House initiative, National Council for the American Worker, that President Donald Trump created by Executive Order. The Council is charged with developing a strategy for training and retraining workers across high demand industries.

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Cemex stormwater capture plan neutralizes advocacy group gripes

Cemex USA will upgrade stormwater management at three southern California ready mixed operations as part of an agreement with Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Los Angeles Waterkeeper and Orange County Coastkeeper to resolve an ongoing dispute regarding the groups’ claims of Clean Water Act violations. The producer is revising best management practices (BMP) at Irvine (Orange County), Fontana (San Bernardino County) and Compton (Los Angeles County) plants and bringing water-testing protocols beyond current requirements. The agreement also calls for Cemex to contribute $55,000 to identify and fund future environmental-mitigation projects through third-party groups Rivers and Lands Conservancy, Pacific Marine Mammal Center and From Lot to Spot.

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OSHA continues silica rule compliance assistance for brief interim

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration outlined initial enforcement protocol of its revised standard, Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime, most provisions of became enforceable in June. The standard establishes a new eight-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit and action level, plus associated ancillary requirements.

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EPA questions cost-benefit analysis underpinning rules and regulations

Through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting input on whether and how to change the way it considers costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions, especially those linked to the Clean Air, Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts.

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