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Feds move to expedite major infrastructure project review, permitting

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and six federal agency or department counterparts joined President Donald Trump in an Oval Office meeting to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to the One Federal Decision framework for major infrastructure projects.

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Trump Tower fire no match for containment-prone concrete

Sources: Washington Post, New York Times, CBS News; CP staff

Print and broadcast media reports indicate that a four-alarm fire on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City was confined to an 1,100-sq.-ft. condominium, owing to the structure’s reinforced concrete construction. The April 7 blaze took the life of the property’s owner and engaged nearly 200 Fire Department of New York firefighters and EMS responders.

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EPA opens new round of water infrastructure funding with twice the 2017 purse

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

An EPA Notice of Funding Availability invites letters of interest from states and municipalities seeking credit assistance under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), whose funding doubled from the prior year as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. Leveraging private capital and other funding sources, the agency notes, WIFIA-backed projects could support $11 billion in water infrastructure investment and create 170,000-plus jobs.

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American Cement, CalPortland, Lehigh plants join Energy Star Industrial roster

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

American Cement Co., CalPortland Co. and Texas Lehigh Cement Co. mills in Florida, California and Texas are among 15 plants earning EPA Energy Star Industrial Program certification for the first time in 2017. Of 93 Industrial facilities certified last year, 25 mill portland cement.

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Graniterock elects former DOT Secretary, FHWA chief to board

Sources: Graniterock, Watsonville, Calif.; CP staff

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Secretary (2006-2009) and Federal Highway Administration Administrator (2001-2005) Mary Peters was elected to the nine-member Graniterock board at the producer’s 2018 shareholder meeting.

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