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FMCSA Exempts Mixer Truck Drivers From Hours of Service Break Rule

After 18-plus months of discussion between National Ready Mixed Concrete Association representatives, federal lawmakers and agency staff, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has exempted concrete mixer truck drivers from the 30-minute break requirement in the current hours of service (HOS) guidelines. NRMCA Chairman Allen Hamblen (CalPortland) credits association members and staff for efforts leading to “much needed regulatory relief for the industry.”

 

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Ex-Titan America Chief Links Resiliency and Accountability

8 Aris 150Addressing the recent Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan, former Titan America CEO and past Portland Cement Association Chairman Aris Papadopoulos traced the developed world’s failure to create a disaster-resilient built environment to government and market forces. His presentation carried the theme of his new book, Resilience – The Ultimate Sustainability, emphasizing the example of the United States, with the world’s largest investment in the built environment; greatest exposure to disaster losses among developed nations; and, overall proneness to hazards, with earthquakes in the West, hurricanes on the South and East coasts, flooding potential almost everywhere, and tornado volume higher than most any other place on earth.

 

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Road Builders pitch tax, rebate plan to fund six-year, $400 billion highway bill

As members and their customers approach the current federal surface transportation program’s May 31 funding sunset, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association has outlined a plan it believes could end the political impasse over how to cover Washington, D.C.’s share of state highway, bridge and transit capital projects—while seeding a $401 billion, six-year highway and mass transit capital investment bill.

 

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Sound-construction proponents salute Safe Building, FEMA Reform Acts

The National Concrete Masonry Association- and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-backed BuildStrong Coalition has endorsed the Safe Building Code Incentive Act (H.R. 1748), providing additional disaster relief assistance to states that adopt and enforce strong code measures. Uniform, statewide adoption and enforcement of model building codes helps to eliminate long-term risks affecting people, property, the environment and ultimately the economy, the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition contends.

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Federal contractor ‘blacklisting’ framework winds through White House, agencies

The Department of Labor has submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a proposed rule enacting President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (E.O.), provisions in which can bar participation in federal projects if contractors or their subcontractors have violated labor laws in the past three years.

 

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