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Sakrete posts archival material, contests on anniversary website

Source: Bonsal American Inc., Charlotte, N.C.

To celebrate the 75-year legacy of one of its leading brands, Bonsal American will launch a microsite—www.Sakrete75.com—later this month offering vintage content and anniversary-themed contest entries. Currently, Sakrete has two 1966 radio jingles on YouTube as a teaser for the upcoming launch.

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Rebar suppliers see slow recovery from 40 percent shipment drop

Source: Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Schaumburg, Ill.

Prior to the Transportation Construction Coalition’s 2011 Legislative Fly-In and (separately organized) Rally for Roads, May 24–25 in Washington, D.C. (companion item), CRSI surveyed rebar producers on near-term market conditions, the results supporting a TCC-targeted six-year, $500 billion highway and transit bill

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EPA: Review continues on 450,000-plus coal ash disposal rule comments

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

EPA staff is poring over reams of responses submitted during the June–November 2010 public comment period for a proposed rule on coal ash disposal and handling. “The target date for release of a final rule will be determined, pending a full evaluation of all the information and comments received on the proposal,” the agency notes in mid-May update.

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Duke researchers confirm cement industry’s energy thrift

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

An Environmental Protection Agency-commissioned survey finds energy intensity in cement production dropped 13 percent from 1997–2007. Duke University researchers compared producer-collected energy usage data against Department of Commerce figures, confirming a 1 percent-plus improvement trend per year to factor into EPA’s cement industry energy curve. The power savings equate to a reduction of almost 1.5 million metric tons of energy-related carbon.

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EPA helps bring permeable pavers to streets of San Francisco

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

By Don Marsh

EPA’s latest endorsement of pervious or permeable concrete pavements is reflected in a $492,000 grant funding nearly a third of San Francisco’s Newcomb Model Block Streetscape Improvement Project. Mayor Edwin Lee and EPA Pacific Southwest Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld staged a mid-May groundbreaking at the site, where removal of old concrete and asphalt will make room for 13,000 square feet of pervious concrete pavers in roadway parking lanes and sidewalk landscape strips.

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