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EPA chief assures PCA directors of “better outcomes, less litigation”

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt outlined the key changes he envisions for an agency transitioning from the Obama to Trump Administration in a mid-May address to Portland Cement Association Board: 1) restoring respect for the rule of law, 2) ending regulation through litigation, and, 3) establishing cooperative federalism which will restore consistency in permitting and give companies more certainty for their business.

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Nuclear plant contractor settles defective-rebar, quality assurance case

Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Energy & Process Corp. (E&P) will pay $4.6 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging the Tucker, Ga., contractor knowingly failed to perform required quality assurance procedures and supplied defective steel reinforcing bars in connection with a Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear waste treatment facility contract.

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Law steers Federal agencies to resilient construction guidelines, practice

Along with funding the federal government through September, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed into law last month includes National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-advocated positions or directives for agencies influencing residential and commercial building design.

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Rogers Group chief leads push for consistency in aggregates specs

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association Engineering & Technical (E&T) Committee members have stepped up efforts supporting consistent design and product specifications between federal and state agencies.

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Timely Interstate 85 reopening turns on nimble Standard Concrete Products

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao joined Georgia Governor Nathan Deal late last month to mark the earlier than projected completion of an emergency Georgia Department of Transportation contract, Interstate 85 over Piedmont Road Bridges, in Atlanta. A pre-Memorial Day ribbon cutting below the crossing hinged on reconstruction work attributable to rapid delivery of 61 precast/prestressed concrete bridge beams from Columbus, Ga.-based Standard Concrete Products.

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