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Titan chief stresses building resiliency in Rio+20 policy talk

Addressing last month’s Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Portland Cement Association Chairman and Titan American CEO Aris Papadopoulos called on business leaders of the world to include resilient construction in public policy, noting that just building “green” is not enough to protect human lives and business investment.

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Lawmakers write tax credit for sound construction

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is part of a broad coalition supporting the Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act of 2012 (H.R. 5839), recently introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL).

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Ash Grove upgrade amplifies EPA mercury rule’s high cost

Following board approval of a $125 million capital outlay, Overland Park, Kan.-based Ash Grove Cement will incorporate a new preheater, precalciner production system at its Midlothian mill outside the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. The equipment will position the facility among Texas’ lowest emitting cement producers and become the biggest ticket investment to date tied to the Environmental Protection Agency’s portland cement National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rule, effective September 2015.

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Sen. Vitter center stage at ICPI permeable paver demonstration

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and 30-plus Louisiana concrete paver industry representatives welcomed U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) last month for a product demonstration and briefing session at New Orleans’ Wilson Charter School.

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