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Environmentalists’ lawsuit seeks to resurrect EPA-tabled coal ash rule

On behalf of 11 environmental and community groups, Sierra Club counsel Earthjustice has filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to force completion of an Environmental Protection Agency rulemaking on power plant coal ash handling and disposal.

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International Green Construction Code augments agency measures to codify green-building practice

The 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) increases the energy-efficiency of structures, while providing governments direction and oversight of green design and construction, according to the International Code Council (ICC), document author and one of several U.S. Green Building Council partners in the effort. Developers of the LEED green building certification system and coauthors of ANSI/ASHRAE/ IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, USGBC applauds the new model code that serves as an important new policy option for state and local governments looking to codify green building practice.

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Appellate Court blocks mandate for union-organizing poster

Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) applauded a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit injunction amid proceedings challenging the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule for private sector employers to post by April 30 “Notification of Employee Rights,” an 11- x 17-in. notice on National Labor Relations Act union-organizing and collective bargaining provisions.

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Iron Workers UNION spurs OSHA survey on rebar placement accident reduction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks comments through June 2 on how to prevent injuries and deaths from reinforcing concrete activities in construction, and from vehicles and mobile equipment backing into workers in construction. The agency will use responses to learn more about how workers get injured and what solutions exist to prevent injury and death, including possible regulatory action.

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NLRB rule expedites representation elections

A controversial final rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board in December 2011 that overhauls procedures for union representation elections became effective on April 30.

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