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Law steers Federal agencies to resilient construction guidelines, practice

Along with funding the federal government through September, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed into law last month includes National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-advocated positions or directives for agencies influencing residential and commercial building design.

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U.S. steel producers’ trade petitions target wire rod imports

Gerdau Ameristeel US Inc., Nucor Corp., Keystone Consolidated Industries Inc., and Charter Steel have filed petitions concurrently with the U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission charging that unfairly-traded carbon and alloy steel wire rod imports are causing material injury to the domestic industry.

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Timely Interstate 85 reopening turns on nimble Standard Concrete Products

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao joined Georgia Governor Nathan Deal late last month to mark the earlier than projected completion of an emergency Georgia Department of Transportation contract, Interstate 85 over Piedmont Road Bridges, in Atlanta. A pre-Memorial Day ribbon cutting below the crossing hinged on reconstruction work attributable to rapid delivery of 61 precast/prestressed concrete bridge beams from Columbus, Ga.-based Standard Concrete Products.

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OSHA silica rule decision spells three-month reprieve for contractors

Occupational Safety and Health Administration has moved the target for the construction industry to comply with the revised respirable crystalline silica exposure standard from June 23 to September 23, citing a need to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance due to the unique nature of employer requirements. The standard reduces the worker exposure threshold from 250 to 50 micrograms of silica dust.

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