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California county embraces country’s premier Low-Carbon Concrete Code

The Marin County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted an ordinance that adds a low-carbon concrete specification to the county’s building code, effective January 2020. The new code applies to foundation, column or slab mix designs for private and public construction projects in unincorporated areas, and includes pathways for compliance with either reduced cement levels or lower-emission supplementary cementitious materials. Exemptions address higher cement contents typical of structural precast and lightweight aggregate concrete mixes.

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Feds zero in on bid rigging through Procurement Collusion Strike Force

The Justice Department has teamed with five federal agencies to form Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF), focused on deterring, detecting, investigating and prosecuting antitrust crimes, such as bid-rigging conspiracies and related fraudulent schemes, which undermine competition in government procurement, grant and program funding. The PCSF has launched a publicly available website, www.justice.gov/procurement-collusion-strike-force, where government procurement officials and members of the public can review information about the federal antitrust laws and training programs, and report suspected criminal activity affecting public procurement. Individuals and companies are encouraged to contact the PCSF if they have information concerning anticompetitive conduct involving federal taxpayer dollars by emailing [email protected].

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Lawmakers move to codify aggregates’ role in DOT supply chains

U.S. Representatives Greg Stanton (D-AZ-09) and Troy Balderson (R-OH-12) have introduced the Rebuilding Our Communities by Keeping aggregates Sustainable (ROCKS) Act bill, citing its potential “to foster local access to stone, sand and gravel essential to construction and public works projects.” The legislation calls for the Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group of federal, state, tribal and local stakeholders to study the use of aggregates and recommend policies ensuring continued access to such materials.

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Incident rate in ready mixed production remains at decade trough

From the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Just-released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 workplace injury and illness data show a ready mixed concrete industry incident rate of 3.9 in 2018, unchanged from the prior year. Over the past decade, the injury- or illness-rooted lost work time benchmark among producers has ranged from the 2017-18 lows to 6.3 in 2014.

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EPA opens Clean Water SRF to drinking water project funding

President Donald Trump signed the Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act last month, authorizing states to steer up to 5 percent of their Clean Water State Revolving Fund federal grant dollars to their Drinking Water State Revolving Fund through October 2020. Transferred funds may be used to provide financial support in the form of forgiveness of principal, negative interest loans or grants. New provisions are in addition to the existing transfer authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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