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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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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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Congressman, Mayor Recognize The Energy Ozinga Brings Northern Indiana

In a weekly address airing November 16, President Obama cited the country’s gains toward energy independence, through increased oil and natural gas production, plus solar and wind power ramp up, concluding: “More good jobs. Cheaper and cleaner sources of energy. A secure energy future. Thanks to the grit and resilience of American businesses and the American people, that’s where we’re heading.”

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Hazard Communication Plan takes hold; OSHA extends silica rule comment period

Effective this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires chemical manufacturers, distributors or importers (including ready mixed concrete producers) to adjust their Hazard Communication Plan. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association notes specifically that member producers need to change their Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS’s to a new 16-part format Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

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Regulatory Uncertainty Drives Coal Ash Recycling To Fourth Straight Year Of Decline

Coal ash recycling in the U.S. was off 4.7 million tons in 2012 against the prior year, according to the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) “Production and Use Survey” released last month. Ash utilization has stalled after nearly a decade of growth of a practice that conserves energy and natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and safely keeps ash out of landfills and disposal ponds.

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