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Source: CP staff

“Time to Build” is the theme of Infrastructure Week 2017, May 15-19, during which public and private entities engage in education, advocacy and social media activities that a) support roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, and the energy grid; and, b) encourage policymakers to invest in the projects, technologies, and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous, and safe.

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

Along with funding the federal government through September, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed into law earlier this month includes NRMCA-advocated positions or directives for agencies influencing residential and commercial building design.

Source: BuildStrong Coalition, Washington, D.C.

A recent hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management saw BuildStrong Coalition representatives testify on mitigating damage and recovering quickly from disasters as part of the T&I Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America plan.

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt outlined for PCA directors the key changes he envisions for an agency transitioning from the Obama to Trump Administration: 1) restoring respect for the rule of law, 2) ending regulation through litigation, and, 3) establishing cooperative federalism which will restore consistency in permitting and give companies more certainty for their business.

Sources: Salt River Materials Group, Scottsdale, Ariz.; CP staff

Responding to electric power generation market forces affecting cementitious materials availability across the concrete industry, Salt River Materials Group (SRMG) has begun shipping an ASTM C618-grade Class F fly ash from its 19th Avenue Terminal near downtown Phoenix. The material raises the company’s net Class F fly ash output and stems from new blending systems installed as part of an upgrade at the terminal—one of five SRMG powder distribution facilities serving Phoenix market ready mixed and precast concrete producers.