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PCA, Chamber sue EPA, Corps of Engineers over Waters of U.S. rule

Sources: CP staff; Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

Portland Cement Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and three other plaintiffs are mounting perhaps the most decisive challenge yet to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) final rule, imploring a federal judge to vacate the measure in its entirety.

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Paper interests write check-off program absent small producers

Sources: Paper and Packaging Board, McLean, Va.; CP staff

Concrete masonry and ready mixed concrete interests who support a national check-off strategy to fund promotion and research, but recognize small and large stakeholders’ differing views on such programs, have another broad campaign to track: “Paper & Packaging—How Life Unfolds.”

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Commercial development metrics: Strong and still improving

Source: NAOIP, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Washington, D.C.

In 2014, office, retail, health care and distribution facility developers logged their best year since 2007, and saw overall commercial real estate industry economic contributions jump 40 percent from the prior year—the largest gain since market recovery began in 2011. The upbeat figures are part of the NAIOP Research Foundation’s annual state of the industry report, “The Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate.”

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Trades’ talent dearth tempers strong construction employment figures

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

An AGC analysis of federal government data finds a mixed bag of positive indicators and growth constraints: Construction employment held steady in June at the highest level in six years; the number of unemployed workers with industry experience fell to the lowest total since 2001; and, contractors in many parts of the country are having a hard time finding enough qualified workers.

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Underwriter tracks rising prescription drug abuse among construction, manufacturing ranks

Source: CNA, Chicago

New CNA Risk Control, Claim and Actuary reports 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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