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OSHA proposes $154K in fines for veneer stone installer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Refton, Pa.-based Quality Stone Veneer Inc. with eight safety violations, including one willful, for scaffolding hazards found during stone installation at a Hegins, Pa., residential site.

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New Corps Chief

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick became the 53rd U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general and U.S. Army chief of engineers during an assumption of command ceremony last month at Baruch Auditorium, Fort Lesley J. McNair.

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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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Contractor cited in collapse during parking garage pour

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $38,000 in fines for Cleveland Cement Contractors Inc. following an investigation into the partial collapse of a downtown Cleveland casino's parking garage. The agency identified six serious safety violations in the December 2011 incident, which occurred during concrete placement on the second level, and resulted in crews suffering sprains and strains.

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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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