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LafargeHolcim, GE unit team on 3D-printed wind turbine pedestals

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

The latest target in a LafargeHolcim investigation of 3D-printed concrete elements or structures is a pedestal for a new class of turbines, 150-200 meters high, that have the potential to harness one-third or more energy than the shorter towers dotting wind farms the world over.  

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Oldcastle APG packaging business unit goes from sand to sanitizer

Sources: Oldcastle APG, Atlanta; CP staff

The Oldcastle APG division specializing in paver jointing sand and concrete hardscape unit surface treatments has added a medical-grade sanitizer aimed at supporting the industry and trade professionals during the current pandemic and beyond. Techniseal Hand Sanitizer abides World Health Organization-recommended guidelines for handrub formulas and is manufactured according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. With 75 percent alcohol content, it quickly rids hands of germs, bacteria and viruses in the workplace, public spaces or at home. The product is shipped in 5-gal. boxes, their built-in lockable dispensers allowing for easy use at sanitary checkpoints or mess-free filling and refilling of smaller-scale containers. 

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Road Builders' Highway Dashboard: Investment transparency in overdrive

Sources: American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The "ARTBA Highway Dashboard: A 50-State Guide to the Benefits of Federal Investment" is a first of its kind, interactive tool providing the public and elected officials a clear look at how and where each state invests transportation project-designated tax dollars.

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Court rejects Big Labor suit to force OSHA's hand on Covid-19 standard

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed an AFL-CIO petition seeking an order compelling the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for infectious disease and Covid-19 workplace exposure. "The agency is authorized to issue an ETS if it determines that 'employees are exposed to grave danger' from a new hazard in the workplace, and an ETS is 'necessary' to protect them from that danger," a three-judge panel concludes. "The OSHA’s decision not to issue an ETS is entitled to considerable deference."

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Lawmakers start review of INVEST highway funding plan

Sources: Office of Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.); CP staff

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Pete DeFazio has scheduled a June 17 markup of "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America” (INVEST) Act, which authorizes $319 billion in highway outlays and $500 billion overall for fiscal years 2021-2025. A successor to the federal highway funding program expiring September 30, it enables completion of critical projects through long-term, sustainable funding, and contains strong Buy America provisions and labor protections.

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