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CO2 Concrete venture secures major Energy Department grant

A University of California, Los Angeles research team has received $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to extend work for two years toward commercial scale deployment of a process where carbon dioxide, captured from cement or power plant flue gas emissions, is recycled and mineralized within concrete mixes.

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White House looks to future in major rewrite of National Environmental Policy Act

In a move garnering wide praise from construction and business interests, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced its final rule to comprehensively update and modernize National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations for the first time in over 40 years. Among leaders praising last month’s action, Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao noted, “These much-needed common sense reforms will help cut red tape and speed delivery of infrastructure projects all across America.”

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EPA spurs $6 billion in water supply, wastewater infrastructure funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a 2020 notice of funding availability under its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program, including grants for the new State infrastructure financing authority WIFIA (SWIFIA). The programs accelerate investment in critical water infrastructure through innovative and flexible financing that can support diverse projects in communities large and small. This year’s funding will provide up to $6 billion to support $12 billion in water infrastructure projects, while creating more than 35,000 jobs and improving environmental protection in communities across the country.

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Agencies spotlight vertical merger analytical techniques, enforcement policies

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have issued new Vertical Merger Guidelines that outline how the federal antitrust authorities evaluate the likely competitive impact of vertical mergers and whether such actions comply with U.S. law. The document represents the first time the agencies have issued joint guidelines on vertical mergers, and is the first major revision to vertical merger guidance since the 1984 Non-Horizontal Merger Guidelines, which were withdrawn earlier this year.

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Commission staff assess cloud services security for businesses

From the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Elisa Jillson and Andy Hasty ... As cloud computing has become business as usual, frequent news reports of data breaches and other missteps should make companies think carefully about how they secure their data. The Federal Trade Commission has tips for business about making use of cloud services safer—both for owners and customers who rely on them to safeguard their information.

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