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Agencies issue proposed rule, guidance on contractor ‘Blacklisting’ EO

The federal agencies charged with implementing President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order have released their much-anticipated proposed rule on this directive. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a 106-page proposed guidance document, and the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), issued a 131-page proposed rule, governing the terms of the so-called “Blacklisting” Executive Order (EO).

 

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Road builders frame funding priorities in Midwest projects

12 ARTBA 150Leading up to another extension (June-July) of the federal transportation funding program, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association circulated on Capitol Hill a publication spotlighting how innovative design and construction techniques, cutting-edge technologies, new materials, safety products, and advanced heavy equipment are being deployed by the public and private sectors to deliver critical and cost-effective highway, bridge and transit projects.

 

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Feds set deadline for electronic stability control systems on Class 7-8 trucks

8 Bendix 150A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule requires electronic stability control (ESC) systems on trucks exceeding 26,000 lb. in gross weight, and is to be implemented in three phases beginning August 2017. Agency officials estimate it will prevent nearly 50 fatalities and more than 1,700 crashes and 600 injuries annually. They also credit ESC systems’ potential to curtail more than half of untripped, rollover crashes—those caused by striking an obstacle or leaving the road.

 

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EPA, DOT outline elevated fuel efficiency standards for trucks

10 Truck 150Environmental Protection Agency- and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-proposed performance standards covering 2021–2027 model year heavy- and medium-duty trucks would achieve up to a 24 percent reduction of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions when measured against a 2018 vehicle. The agencies address concrete mixers and dump trucks within a larger Vocational Vehicles category of heavy- and medium-duty models, representing what officials estimate is about 20 percent of fuel consumption in the transportation universe their proposal covers.

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¡Adios! author says hello to Pennsylvania producers

6 Ann 150Author and provocateur Ann Coulter offered insight on U.S. immigration policy and the political climate as Pennsylvania Aggregates & Concrete Association members assembled last month for their 2015 Summer Summit at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Pa. On immigration matters, platforms and policy, she called 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney “the best Republican since President Dwight Eisenhower;” expressed concern over 2016 GOP presidential contenders, save (yet declared) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; and, hopes Republicans realize that the unpopularity of massive immigration is on par with gun control measures, especially among “fly over” country voters.

 

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