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Construction industry pledges to hire more than 100,000 veterans

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

During A National Symposium: Veterans’ Employment in Construction, a February 9 gathering in Washington, D.C., First Lady Michelle Obama and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez celebrated a broad coalition of construction employers and associations that have collectively pledged to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years.

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EPA confirms fly ash’s concrete suitability, benign chemical profile

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; American Coal Ash Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

Five years after proposing potentially onerous regulations for coal combustion residuals (CCR) management and disposal—triggering an uproar across the concrete industry regarding ASTM C618-grade fly ash marketability—EPA has released an evaluation of recycled CCR almost certain to put lingering concerns to rest.

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McInnis Cement secures financing for plant serving New England, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, Eastern Canadian markets

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois joined business leaders January 31 to outline a financial structure enabling McInnis Cement, an export-driven start up headed by industry veterans, to commence Spring 2014 construction of a plant and marine terminal with ultimate capacity toward 2.5 million tonnes/year.

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Supreme Court sides with hardscape dealer Haluch Gravel in Operating Engineers pension case

Sources: U.S. Supreme Court; Oyez Archive/Kent College of Law, Chicago; CP staff

The Supreme Court has reversed a U.S. Court of Appeals decision for plaintiffs (Funds), led by the Central Pension Fund of the International Union of Operating Engineers, which had pursued additional contributions and reimbursement of litigation expenses from Ray Haluch Gravel Co.

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Judge compels EPA to move on languishing coal ash disposal rule

Source: American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), Farmington Hills, Mich.

A federal court action establishes a December 2014 deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a rulemaking, initiated in early 2009, that has created uncertainty over the regulatory status for all grades of coal ash, including ASTM C618 fly ash.

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