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FMCSA matches mixer driver hours exemptions for dump, tanker peers

Years of conferring with agency officials on the unique aspects of concrete production and delivery have netted National Ready Mixed Concrete Association staff and Safety, Operations and Environment Committee members a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal updating drivers’ Hours of Service rules.

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Hawaii DOT welcomes demonstration of carbon dioxide-injected pavement mixes

Working with Island Ready-Mix Concrete of Kapolei, the Hawaii Department of Transportation is testing material made with the CarbonCure Technologies process, where industry-sourced carbon dioxide gas is recycled into the mix, imparts strength development and other performance properties, and enables portland cement optimization. As demonstrated in 100-plus ready mixed plants on the mainland, the process entails conversion of the greenhouse gas into a mineral form, permanently embedded in a concrete slab or structure.

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Administration stresses “Buy American” through revised procurement provisions

President Donald Trump issued an executive order strengthening Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council standards under the Buy American Act, which especially impacts heavy/civil or concrete contractors, along with precast or ready mixed producers, performing or supplying Federal Highway Administration-backed work. The latest in a series of orders supporting the Administration’s Buy American and Hire American initiatives directs federal agencies to consider tightening the preference requirements for Federal acquisitions and when foreign products can be used.

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Better Plants, Better Buildings group assembles at Volvo powertrain line

Volvo Group North America’s Hagerstown, Md. powertrain facility hosted a tour as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants 2019 Summit. The early-July event highlighted the production line with special emphasis on advanced crankshaft grinding machines that help reduce energy consumption.

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Proposed apprenticeship enlists associations, sidesteps construction

A Labor Department Notice of Proposed Rulemaking calls for empowering agency staff to advance development of industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAP), and a trade association or other not-for-profit organization to function as a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) that sets standards for IRAP training, structure, and curricula in relevant industries or occupational areas—excepting construction.

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