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White House reform outline moves Corps duties to DOT, Interior

Sources: White House Office of Management and Budget; CP staff

As part of sweeping Executive Branch reform, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposes to move Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works functions—coastal and inland commercial navigation programs; flood and storm damage reduction; and, aquatic ecosystem restoration—from the Department of Defense to the Departments of Transportation and Interior (DOT, DOI).

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CRH, GCC consummate Montana cement, Oklahoma and Arkansas RM deals

Sources: Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V., Mexico; CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

CRH Americas and the parent of GCC America have closed transactions coinciding with the former producer’s acquisition of Ash Grove Cement Co. and abiding a U.S. Federal Trade Commission settlement. 

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FMI study traces design-build trajectory in buildings, infrastructure

Sources: Design-Build Institute of America, Washington, D.C.

Design-build is the fastest growing and most popular method of delivering nonresidential and non-building projects, according to “Design-Build Utilization: Combined Market Study,” prepared by construction-wise management consultant and merger & acquisition specialist FMI and posted here.

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ASTM steel committee weighs standard on galvanized post tensioning strand

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys (A01) is eyeing a standard aimed at improving durability of strand used in (PT) post tension or bridge stay cable applications, principally through galvanized-product test methods. The proposed document would help gauge corrosion potential and a structure’s durability throughout its life cycle.

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OSHA sets 30-day interim for revised silica rule compliance assistance

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA has outlined initial enforcement protocol of its revised standard, Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime, most provisions of which become enforceable on June 23. The standard establishes a new eight-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit and action level, plus associated ancillary requirements.

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