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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.

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.

Sources: German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Frankfurt

German manufacturers of concrete and other building material plants are expecting a broadly based boost this year, carrying momentum from a year-over-year spike most sectors saw at the end of 2016. “This should translate into sales growth over the next few months,” said Sebastian Popp, economic expert on machinery and equipment at Building Material Plants Day, an annual VDMA gathering in Frankfurt for companies serving concrete, dry mortar, aggregate, cement, lime and gypsum producers.

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA is eyeing programs that allow flexibility in individual permits to manage the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals, known as CCR or “coal ash,” and expects that implementation guidance will allow for the safe disposal and continued beneficial use of the material, while enabling states to decide what works best for their environment.