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Report reveals precast/prestressed plant carbon, energy and water metrics

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

Through eight quarters of North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program (NAPCSPP) data reporting, PCI producers are establishing representative baselines in carbon dioxide emissions and resource consumption. “Members in the NAPCSPP have reduced waste and energy and water use,” says PCI Sustainability and Publications Director Emily Lorenz. “That’s good for the environment and good for their bottom line.”

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CIM patrons call for donations to 2018 auction at World of Concrete

Source: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Concrete Industry Management program supporters have begun pooling equipment, tool, travel package and other donated items for the 2018 CIM Auction, January 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Customarily scheduled on World of Concrete day two, the event will see silent bidding from 11 a.m. through the 1 p.m. live auction start.

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Ash Grove deal lifts CRH/Oldcastle to its latest plateau

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

In nearly 40 years of North American market development, CRH has announced the boldest move yet for its Oldcastle Inc. enterprise: a $3.5 billion acquisition of Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan. Projected to close later this year, the deal brings integrated or stand-alone sites from the Great Plains to the Pacific Northwest: eight cement, 52 ready mixed concrete and nine packaged dry mix plants, along with 20 limestone quarries and 23 sand & gravel operations.

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EPA honors petition to examine coal combustion residuals’ beneficial reuse

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA has granted petitions to reconsider the definition of beneficial reuse and other substantive provisions of the final rule regulating coal combustion residuals (CCR) as nonhazardous waste under subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The 2015 rule regulates how CCR generated from electric utilities and independent power producers are managed in surface impoundments and landfills.

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Overtime-pay accounting fails materials testing firm

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff

Louisiana Testing and Inspection Inc. has entered an agreement with the Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division to resolve violations of Fair Labor Standards Act overtime and recordkeeping provisions. The Scott, La., concrete and soils specialist will pay $100,400 in back wages; an equal, additional amount in liquidated damages; plus $10,800 in civil penalties.

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