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BIG CITY MAYORS EMBRACE ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

City Energy Project (CEP), a Natural Resources Defense Council and Institute for Market Transformation initiativeRecognizing resources consumed over buildings’ operating life cycles, mayors from 10 major U.S. cities will undertake an effort to significantly boost energy efficiency in new and existing facilities. Supporters contend such measures could cut as much climate change pollution as generated by 1 million to 1.5 million passenger vehicles every year, and lower annual energy costs by nearly $1 billion.

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FHWA PUBLISHES ALKALI-AGGREGATE REACTIVITY REFERENCE

FHWA’s new Alkali- Aggregate Reactivity Facts BookFrom the Federal Highway Administration’s Focus newsletter… Alkali-aggregate reactivity (AAR) can occur in concrete structures and pavements as both alkali-silica reaction (ASR) and  alkalicarbonate reaction (ACR). FHWA’s new Alkali-Aggregate Reactivity Facts Book (Pub. No. FHWA-HIF-13-019) discusses both types of reaction but concentrates on ASR, as cases of ACR are more limited.

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JUSTICES SIDE WITH HARDSCAPE DEALER HALUCH GRAVEL IN UNION PENSION CASE

The Supreme Court has reversed a U.S. Court of Appeals decision for plaintiffs (Funds), led by the Central Pension Fund of the International Union of Operating Engineers, which had pursued additional contributions and reimbursement of litigation expenses from Ray Haluch Gravel Co. Ludlow, Mass.-based Haluch Gravel petitioned for review of technical questions on whether the Funds’ appeal of a U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Boston) order were timely or untimely under federal rules. According to counsel Mayer Brown: The petition centered on the appealability of federal trial court decisions in cases where a party has requested an award of attorney’s fees. The Supreme Court held that a district court’s decision leaving unresolved a request for contractual attorney’s fees is a final decision subject to immediate appeal.

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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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