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International Trade Commission finds cause to investigate imported rebar

By a 6-0 vote last month, U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) members preliminarily determined there is reasonable indication that concrete reinforcing steel imports from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey have materially injured the U.S. rebar industry. ITC figures show shipments from the three countries totaled nearly 20 percent of the $4.5 billion in rebar U.S. concrete construction consumed last year.

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OSHA updates workplace safety, health program practice guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has tailored its new set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs to help employers establish a methodical approach to improving their workplaces. The document updates agency guidelines from 1989 to better reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. It features an easier-to-use format, and should be particularly helpful to small and medium-sized businesses, agency officials note. Also new to the document is a section on multi-employer workplaces as well as a greater emphasis on continuous improvement.

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Industry measures infrastructure prospects, regulatory relief under Trump

Late in his successful White House campaign, GOP candidate Donald Trump introduced what he called “a bold, visionary plan for a cost-effective system of roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads, ports and waterways, and pipelines in the proud tradition of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who championed the interstate highway system.” Construction interests take those observations to heart, along with the effect of a Trump Administration on federal agencies driving employment, environmental and land management policy.

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Georgia Congressman offers take on the future of infrastructure investment

Ahead of his re-election on November 8, Georgia Ready Mixed Concrete Association (GRMCA) hosted Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA-7) at the Martin Marietta quarry in Augusta. The visit was a stop on a statewide transportation speaking tour, and the third meeting between Rep. Woodall and GRMCA members.

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Cement production a blip on EPA greenhouse gas emissions radar

U.S. portland cement production accounts for just under 2.3 percent of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions in the Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program 2015 data, which was released last month. Modern kilns increasingly running on natural gas and other coal alternatives, coupled with limited offsetting import factors, appear to position the domestic cement industry favorably in a business often tagged as the source of about 5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions.

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