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NRMCA, ABC challenge EPA Clean Power Plan claims, costs, feasibility

As the public comment period closed late last year for the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” rule, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the Associated Builders & Contractors joined a host of business interests raising concerns of the proposal’s increased costs and limited benefits, especially on greenhouse gas reduction claims.

 

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Labor Board rules open employees’ e-mail to union communications

National Labor Relations Board had adopted a final Representation–Case Procedures rule to modernize and streamline union organizing and election dispute resolution, Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce noting: “With these changes, the Board strives to ensure [the] process remains a model of fairness and efficiency for all.”

 

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Transportation funding initiatives prevail on election day

Voters across the nation expressed support for increased investment in surface transportation, approving 60 out of 90 related initiatives on November ballots. The approved measures will provide nearly $21 billion in additional funds for transportation projects, reports the American Road and Transportation Builders Association Transportation Investment Advocacy Center.

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Report shows marked improvement for cities’ fiscal outlook

Officials are overwhelmingly optimistic about the health and direction of local fiscal conditions for the first time since the recession, according to the National League of Cities’ 29th annual City Fiscal Conditions. The report confirms the first positive growth in five years, coupled with resumption of hiring among League members.

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EPA ‘Waters’ rule clouds aggregate supplies, concrete plant management, construction permits

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Government Affairs staff is tracking the Environmental Protection Agency’s expansion of the jurisdiction of waters covered under the Clean Water Act, noting how a proposed rule “holds unnecessary and overreaching regulatory implications that would adversely affect ready mixed concrete operations, such as washout pits, sedimentation ponds, settling basins.”

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