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Operator marks Infrastructure Week with $555M commitment

Bryn Mawr, Pa.-based Aqua America Inc. recognized the seventh annual Infrastructure Week (May 5-12) by helping raise awareness of the critical state of infrastructure across the United States. A leading contributor to water and wastewater infrastructure repair and replacement, Aqua plans to invest more than $500 million this year across eight states to improve systems.

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Federal agencies increase their hand in water infrastructure

The federal government’s role in water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure is taking on greater importance than in the past as municipalities are challenged to keep pace with the aging of more than 70,000 systems and 3 million miles of underground pipe networks. With overall public spending on water utilities declining year-over-year in five of the last 10 years, core federal programs are proving to be more critical in addressing urban and rural treatment system or network investment needs, according to a new report from Bluefield Research.

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2019 Roadcheck radar: Securement, steering, suspensions

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2019 International Roadcheck will take place June 4-6. Certified agency representatives will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspectors may opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.

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Justice Antitrust Division advances investigation, enforcement framework

From the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division In a move that might inform regulatory review of future mergers or acquisitions involving multinational construction materials producers and North American targets, the International Competition Network (ICN) Steering Group has unanimously approved a multilateral framework on procedures among antitrust enforcement agencies globally to promote fundamental due process in competition law investigation and enforcement. The framework is based on the principles of the Antitrust Division’s Multilateral Framework on Procedures (MFP), an initiative that was originally announced by Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim at the Council of Foreign Relations in June 2018.

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Dusty nonunion rate records skew Davis-Bacon wage schedules

From the Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites outdated wage schedules and union-favoring tendencies in an audit report on prevailing wage rates the David-Bacon Act (DBA) mandates on federal or federally assisted construction projects. As of September 2018, the OIG and report authors found:

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