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NRMCA conflicted on MAP-21 passage due to EOBR language, fly ash absence

While the new 27-month, $110 billion highway bill will allow for continued funding of transportation construction projects and provide more economic certainty to the industry, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association leadership pointed out key elements left out of the final legislation, as well as what it considers undesirable aspect to the final language, according to a message relayed to the association's government affairs committee and the operations, environment and safety committee.

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Billboard highlights ODOT’s bidding policy

A Columbus, Ohio-based billboard campaign launched by the state's cement/concrete industry draws attention to Ohio Department of Transportation’s “asphalt escalator” policy. The current bidding system, which is contrary to federal highway recommendations, allows contractors to increase their final bill based on the current price of oil and cost the state nearly $37 million in change orders during 2009-2010. The digital billboards have been placed in nine locations around Columbus.

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USGBC channels Reagan in responding to LEED critics

The U.S. Green Building Council applauded the creation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition by the American Chemistry Council and others, noting that, after 20 years, it was significant that the representative groups were finally engaging in conversation about the critical importance of green, high-performance buildings.

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ASTM D04 eyes standard for resolving paving material test result differences

Buyers and sellers of road and paving materials will be the primary users of a proposed standard under Subcommittee D04.94 on Statistical Procedures and Evaluation of Data, part of ASTM International Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials.

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Feds’ LEED leanings linked to broader regulatory burden

In a mid-July hearing, “Continuing Oversight of Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation: Job Creators Still Buried by Red Tape,” the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform heard how the General Services Administration’s exclusive use of a single green building rating system—the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard—adversely impacts energy efficient building product sources.

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