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Sources: Office of California Assembly member Rob Bonta, Sacramento; CP staff

Billed as the first measure of its kind in the U.S., the Buy Clean California Act would require Golden State agencies to evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions of cement, steel, asphalt and other products specified for infrastructure work.

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

Responding to the fire related deaths of nine residents in January, Maryland Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Chairwoman Joan Carter Conway (Baltimore City) has introduced a bill covering low- to mid-rise residential developments throughout the state: SB 722, Public Safety – Light Frame Combustible Construction – Requirements.

Sources: Thomas Concrete Group, Gothenburg, Sweden; CP staff

Sweden’s Thomas Concrete has acquired three North Carolina and South Carolina ready mixed plants, strategic to the Myrtle Beach market. They join 64 other plants, across the Carolinas and Georgia, under a U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.

Sources: Helix Steel, Ann Arbor, Mich.; CP staff

A proprietary test described in ASTM International’s Journal of Testing and Evaluation provides for direct comparison of steel fiber and conventional rebar concrete specimen tensile properties, according to Helix Steel, developer of Twisted Steel Micro Reinforcement.

Sources: Slag Cement Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

Slag cement producers reported a 12 percent year-over-year gain in 2016 shipments, totaling about 3 million tons.