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EPA scrutinizes cost, benefit math justifying rules and regulations

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

Through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register, the EPA is soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions. 

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Management ace: Digitization sweeps global construction business

Sources: World Economic Forum, Geneva; Boston Consulting Group; CP staff

Digital technologies such as building information modeling, prefabrication, wireless sensors, automated and robotic equipment, and 3D printing will transform the entire engineering and construction (E&C) industry and its 100 million-plus employees worldwide, according to “Shaping the Future of Construction: Future Scenarios and Implications.” The new World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group report cites a potential $1.0 trillion to $1.7 trillion in an annual cost savings tied to a full-scale digitization of the global E&C business. 

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ACI begins SCC Testing Technician certification

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI’s newest certification program tests individuals’ technical knowledge on self-consolidating concrete mixes and ability to correctly perform five ASTM Standard Test Methods: C1610, Static Segregation of SCC Using Column Technique; C1611, Slump Flow of SCC; C1621, Passing Ability of SCC by J-Ring; C1712, Rapid Assessment of Static Segregation Resistance of SCC Using Penetration Test; and, C175, Fabrication of a Test Specimen with SCC. The Self-Consolidating Concrete Testing Technician certification program consists of written and performance exams; valid for five years, it is offered through ACI’s global network of 120-plus sponsoring groups in local practitioner communities. 

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MDU rolls Minnesota’s Tri-City Paving into Knife River operations

Source: MDU Resources Group, Inc., Bismarck, N.D.

MDU Resources has acquired Little Falls, Minn.-based Tri-City Paving, Inc., a general contractor and ready mixed concrete, aggregate and asphalt producer. Management views it as an established company whose service area, strong aggregate supply and vertically integrated business model make it a strategic fit for the Knife River Corp. construction materials subsidiary.

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Commission investigates dumping of quartz surface products from China

Sources: Cambria Company, LLC, LeSuer, Minn.; CP staff

Responding to Cambria Co. petitions that allege dumping of slab and fabricated quartz surface products from China, the five-member U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a unanimous preliminary determination of injury and will continue investigation of company claims. A key player in high quartz content (> 90 percent) slabs used for countertops and premium interior furnishings, family-owned Cambria petitioned ITC and the U.S. Department of Commerce in April. 

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