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Mixer truck regulations could ignite unintended carbon consequences

Testifying in the first of two public hearings last month on “Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles,” National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Kevin Walgenbach informed Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials of the potential for conflicting outcomes if proposed regulations are applied to mixer trucks.

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Producer, Contractor Employees Leverage ADA Accommodations

Alleging discrimination against employees protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against Wichita, Texas-based ready mixed producer OK Concrete and settled a case with Baker Concrete Construction, Houston. The agency contends OK Concrete broke federal law by terminating a mixer truck driver candidate who, after completing training in March 2012, informed the producer of time off needs once his health insurance coverage became effective—owing to planned treatment for prostate cancer detected two months prior. EEOC charges that a decision to fire the driver was based on disability discrimination, violating the ADA. Following a pre-litigation settlement attempt, the agency has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, seeking back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, plus injunctive relief.

 

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Underwriter tracks prescription drug abuse among construction, manufacturing ranks

New reports from the Risk Control, Claim and Actuary unit of Chicago-based business insurance provider CNA examine growing prescription opioid abuse in the U.S. construction and manufacturing industries, where an estimated 15.1 percent and 6.5 percent of workers, respectively, have engaged in illicit drug use.

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EPA Revises Requirements for Underground Storage Tanks

6 UST 150The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is strengthening federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements to improve prevention and detection of petroleum releases, one of the leading sources of groundwater contamination. They improve the charter 1988 UST regulation, agency officials contend, by closing regulatory gaps, adding new technologies, and focusing on proper operation and maintenance of existing vessels.

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