Drake Cement proposes natural pozzolan mining on national forest site

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service is set to review public comments on a 20-year Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations that Drake Cement LLC penned with an eye to extracting 300,000 to 500,000 tons of natural pozzolan from a Kaibab National Forest parcel. The concrete-grade material deposit is part of the existing Williams Quarry, or “Frenchy Pit,” located…

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FEMA: Big data proves robust code standards’ returns on investment

The Federal Emergency Management Agency examines the benefits of constructing at a higher building code standard for natural disasters such as winds, floods and seismic activity in a new report, “Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study.” The agency finds that 18.1 million buildings constructed at a higher code standard could save the United States about $1.6 billion annually.

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UN sustainability goals inform new Equipment Manufacturers council

As part of a commitment to building on the momentum of a sustainable future, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers has established a Sustainability Council comprised of leaders from member companies. Through the Council, they will help advance AEM member efforts in addressing issues of sustainability and provide a framework for adoption of best practices and innovation.

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Energy Department, Power Institute probe walls’ thermal mass

A $65 million Department of Energy (DOE) program will support technologies enabling energy-efficient buildings to interact with one another and the electric grid, potentially lowering greenhouse gas emission levels and improving power infrastructure. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette announced the funding commitment last month during an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) gathering in Charlotte, N.C., where attendees toured a Meritage Homes…

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Transportation funding ballot measures prevail coast to coast

Voters in 18 states approved a record 94 percent of state and local ballot initiatives on Election Day 2020, providing an additional $14 billion in one-time or recurring revenue for transportation improvements throughout the country. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Investment Advocacy Center finds that voters approved 303 of 322 initiatives before them on November 3—the highest…

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Materials coalition challenges state’s endangered species determination

The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association, representing concrete, aggregate and mineral producers, has joined a coalition of disparate business and land use interests in a lawsuit challenging the process behind the California Fish and Game Commission’s consideration of listing the western Joshua tree as a potentially threatened species.

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PCA outlines environmental, performance case for portland-limestone cement

Portland Cement Association’s just-launched microsite, www.greenercement.com, supports the use of portland-limestone cement (PLC), which performs in concrete at levels comparable to Type I powder but exhibits a greenhouse gas emissions profile up to 10 percent below clinker-only material. The site accesses a calculator where design and construction professionals can input building size or pavement length to see how much PLC…

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Foundation fosters apprenticeships for heavy equipment and truck mechanics

The U.S. Department of Labor has approved the AED Foundation (AEDF) as a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) for heavy equipment or truck mechanics and service technicians, plus diesel engine specialists. The designation allows it to guide members of Associated Equipment Distributors, Schaumburg, Ill., as they launch Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.

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Pennsylvania producers springboard EPA Smart Cement & Concrete Sector

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association Chairman Rod Martin (Martin Stone Quarries) have signed a four-year, first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize a partnership pursuing environmental stewardship. It expands EPA and PACA activities to prioritize funding, coordinate on regulatory programs, recognize concrete and aggregate industry members for environmental performance, and enhance opportunities for…

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