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PCA, NSSGA CHARTER GROUP SEEKING STABILIZED U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and Portland Cement Association are among 15 organizations behind the Mineral Science and Information Coalition (MSIC), formed to advocate for federal agency endeavors such as the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mineral Resources Program—the top source of cement, sand and gravel, and crushed stone shipments.

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PCA TO FEDS: PAVEMENTS PART OF VEHICLE FUEL ECONOMY, LOWER EMISSIONS EQUATION

Responding to the White House’s second phase of fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks, targeted for 2015-16 rulemaking and implementation, Portland Cement Association CEO Gregory Scott noted, “We should expand the debate beyond making more efficient [vehicles] to making more efficient infrastructure.”

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BIG CITY MAYORS EMBRACE ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

City Energy Project (CEP), a Natural Resources Defense Council and Institute for Market Transformation initiativeRecognizing resources consumed over buildings’ operating life cycles, mayors from 10 major U.S. cities will undertake an effort to significantly boost energy efficiency in new and existing facilities. Supporters contend such measures could cut as much climate change pollution as generated by 1 million to 1.5 million passenger vehicles every year, and lower annual energy costs by nearly $1 billion.

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Contractors, business community challenge DOL Persuader Rule

Leading up to the Department of Labor’s delay in issuing a new reporting rule that would change the long-standing interpretation of “advice” under federal labor law, the Associated Builders & Contractors relayed strong criticism of the proposed measure to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Joining 53 other employer organizations, ABC reiterated its strong opposition to proposal, while highlighting additional concerns.

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FHWA PUBLISHES ALKALI-AGGREGATE REACTIVITY REFERENCE

FHWA’s new Alkali- Aggregate Reactivity Facts BookFrom the Federal Highway Administration’s Focus newsletter… Alkali-aggregate reactivity (AAR) can occur in concrete structures and pavements as both alkali-silica reaction (ASR) and  alkalicarbonate reaction (ACR). FHWA’s new Alkali-Aggregate Reactivity Facts Book (Pub. No. FHWA-HIF-13-019) discusses both types of reaction but concentrates on ASR, as cases of ACR are more limited.

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