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Martin Marietta inaugurates NRMCA system level Environmental Product Declaration

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Martin Marietta Materials is the first producer member to use NRMCA’s new system level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) verification program, oriented to transparency credits in LEED v4 and other green building standards. The program meets strict international standards, but streamlines EPD verification: Rather than a fixed set of product-specific EPD, it verifies the software used to generate a concrete mix’s environmental impacts. Hence, producers can tender new product-specific EPD as needed for each project.

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Trump’s prime-time endorsement of concrete building attributes endures

Source: CP staff

President-elect Donald Trump exhibited a seasoned appreciation for concrete long before his White House quest. During an October 2001 exchange with ABC 20/20 host Barbara Walters, the then-celebrity developer assessed post-September 11 construction methods in New York City, its skyline absent the Twin Towers.

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Industry measures infrastructure prospects, regulatory relief under Trump

Source: Rock Products

Late in his successful White House campaign, GOP candidate Donald Trump introduced what he called "a bold, visionary plan for a cost-effective system of roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads, ports and waterways, and pipelines in the proud tradition of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who championed the interstate highway system." Construction interests take those observations to heart, along with the effect of a Trump Administration on federal agencies driving employment, environmental and land management policy.

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500K-tpy ash contract feeds Charah, VHSC Cement joint venture

Sources: Charah Inc., Louisville, Ky.; CP staff

Charah, the largest privately-held coal combustion products management operator in the U.S., and VSHC Holdings LLC, The Woodlands, Texas-based cementitious materials processor, will market fly ash from NRG Limestone, a generating station with upwards of 500,000 tons per year output. Fuel and related changes at the Jewett, Texas, facility will see a switch from Class F to Class C fly ash production in early 2017.

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Labor Department confirms healthy drop in workplace injury, illness rate

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational injury and illness data reflect a significant drop in the rate of recordable workplace injuries and illnesses for 2015, continuing a 13-year pattern of decline, notwithstanding 2012 figures.

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