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JUDGE COMPELS EPA TO PICK UP PACE ON LANGUISHING COAL ASH DISPOSAL RULE

A late-January federal court action establishes a December 2014 deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a rulemaking, initiated in early 2009, that has created uncertainty over the regulatory status for all grades of coal ash, including ASTM C618 product. “The regulatory uncertainty that has impeded the beneficial use of coal ash for half a decade is finally coming to an end,” affirms American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) Executive Director Thomas Adams. “It now appears 2014 is the year for EPA to finally establish federal coal ash disposal guidelines under the ‘non-hazardous’ section of the law.”

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FMCSA REVISES GUIDANCE ON HOS RULE’S 30-MINUTE BREAK LANGUAGE

From the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Government Affairs staff… Following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s ruling vacating the Hours of Service (HOS) 30-minute break for short-haulers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued guidance on exactly to whom the 30-minute break rule did not apply.

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EPA ponders greener federal procurement

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing draft guidelines that will help the federal government buy greener and safer products. In response to broad stakeholder interest, it is seeking public input on these draft guidelines and a potential approach to assessing non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in the marketplace.

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Ontario Producers Expedite Pavement Cost, Life Cycle Comparison

Ready Mixed Concrete AssociationReady Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario’s Pavement Design Assistance Program (PDAP) provides public and private sector project engineers and consultants comprehensive proposals for an equivalent, comparable concrete pavement alternative for street and road or parking lot contracts carrying asphalt specifications.

 

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Silo Engulfment Fatality Draws Osha-Proposed $55K Penalty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Cincinnati Area Office cited Monroe, Ohio-based Central Ready Mix, LLC for 10 serious safety violations after an employee at the company’s Middletown, Ohio, plant was fatally engulfed while breaking fly ash clumps clogging a silo. After attempts to dislodge clumps with a metal bar and air hose failed, OSHA officials note, the employee climbed into the silo, without a harness and lanyard, and devoted several hours to clearing the vessel before being engulfed.

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