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Law steers Federal agencies toward resilient construction

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.

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Resilience advocates enlighten lawmakers on disaster mitigation, funding reform

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.

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EPA chief to PCA Board: Better outcomes, environment; less litigation

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.

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Salt River Materials leverages Class C feed to boost Class F ash output

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.

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Contractor settles with feds in case of defective rebar, lax QC

Source: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); CP staff

DOJ recently announced an agreement whereby Energy & Process Corp. (E&P) will pay $4.6 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging the Tucker, Ga., contractor knowingly failed to perform required quality assurance procedures and supplied defective steel reinforcing bars in connection with a Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear waste treatment facility contract.

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