Pennsylvania producers host EPA chief to further Smart Sectors action

agreement signing

Sources: Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association, Harrisburg; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association Chairman Rod Martin (Martin Stone Quarries) have signed a four-year, first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize a partnership pursuing environmental stewardship. It expands EPA and PACA activities to prioritize funding, coordinate on regulatory programs, recognize concrete…

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Charah lands 2M-ton ash processing contract in Southeast

Sources: Charah Solutions Inc., Louisville, Ky.; CP staff

A Southeastern utility has tapped Charah Solutions for a Closure by Removal impoundment project encompassing upward of 100 acres of ash deposits at a coal-fired power station that was retired in 2015. Work will include installation of environmental controls plus rail infrastructure improvements and extension, along with loadout area construction. Over a multi-year contract, Charah anticipates processing of 2 million-plus tons of impounded material for beneficial use as concrete-grade fly ash, while preparing the former pond acreage to be restored as usable property. 

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Chemists pinpoint green method to separate coal ash minerals, elements

Source: Elixsys Inc., Aiken, S.C. 

Chemical specialist Elixsys reports successful laboratory extraction of industrial-grade compounds from power generating stations’ coal combustion products (CCP). Through methods exhibiting “zero waste and environmental impact” and marketing agreements in place or progress, the company plans to bring finished materials to construction and industrial supply chains.

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NRMCA meets latest reporting standards in new Industry-Wide EPD

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.

With data from 155 producers operating 1,954 plants, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has published a third version of its industry average or industry-wide environmental product declaration (IW-EPD). The document functions as a national proxy for the bulk of concrete in residential, commercial and public construction, and complies with the latest Product Category Rule for Concrete, released earlier this year.

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Air, water quality achievements guide march to EPA milestone

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA has kicked off a year-long celebration leading to observance of a 50th anniversary, December 2, 2020. “Since the agency’s inception under the leadership of the late Administrator William Ruckelshaus, EPA staff have worked tirelessly to clean up our air, water, and land for the American people,” says Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Together, we have achieved significant milestones in support of our mission to protect human health and the environment.”

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Lean management, speedy review proposal disrupt EPA business as usual

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

Changes sweeping the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump Administration range from implementing lean management systems and creating an Office of Continuous Improvement to harmonizing regional office activities and reforming science advisory committees to ensure integrity. 

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Major GC to halve site operations’ emissions, water consumption

Sources: Turner Construction Co., New York; CP staff

One of the top North American general contractors and forerunners in reinforced concrete construction has adopted a program to clip present levels of greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption at construction sites by 50 percent through 2030. Turner Construction views the Green program as an elevated approach toward environmental sustainability. 

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PCI releases first Sustainable Precast Concrete Plant Program report

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

Backed by PCI, the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and National Precast Concrete Association, the North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program (NAPCSPP) has yielded its first full-year energy, materials and transportation data benchmarks. PCI’s 2015 Sustainable Plant Program Performance Report presents results in carbon dioxide equivalent (global warming potential), total primary energy and water consumption categories based on data from 34 structural and architectural precast/prestressed producers.

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Command Alkon and Climate Earth economize Environmental Product Declarations

Sources: Climate Earth, Berkeley, Calif.; CP staff

Document solutions from Climate Earth allow users with COMMANDseries from Command Alkon to place an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), an internationally accepted eco-label, directly into every bid submittal. Linking Command Alkon production software with Climate Earth environmental data streamlines document completion and positions ready mixed suppliers to be among the first in the green-building industry to deliver EPDs for every material order or product on any project they bid.

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