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EPA ponders greener federal procurement

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing draft guidelines that will help the federal government buy greener and safer products. In response to broad stakeholder interest, it is seeking public input on these draft guidelines and a potential approach to assessing non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in the marketplace.

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Silo Engulfment Fatality Draws Osha-Proposed $55K Penalty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Cincinnati Area Office cited Monroe, Ohio-based Central Ready Mix, LLC for 10 serious safety violations after an employee at the company’s Middletown, Ohio, plant was fatally engulfed while breaking fly ash clumps clogging a silo. After attempts to dislodge clumps with a metal bar and air hose failed, OSHA officials note, the employee climbed into the silo, without a harness and lanyard, and devoted several hours to clearing the vessel before being engulfed.

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FHWA evolves Highway Materials Engineering Course

The Federal Highway Administration is extensively revising its Highway Materials Engineering Academy, which for 20 years has prepared transportation agency staff to develop specifications and guidance; make effective project acceptance decisions; and, design, construct and maintain assets to achieve long service life.

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AASHTO weighs Technology Implementation Group candidate products, concepts

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Technology Implementation Group (TIG) is reviewing product, material and equipment candidates for the TIG Lead State Team and Peer-to-Peer deployment model. The AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways established TIG to champion best practices among state and local agencies and industry partners to improve the nation’s transportation system.

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Road Builders Economist Projects Moderate Growth For 2014

Factoring a modest increase in construction costs, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) projects that the overall U.S. transportation infrastructure construction market will grow 5 percent this year, to $135.8 billion from $129 billion in 2013.

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