20-year veteran Redfern heads Lafarge Eastern Canada

Sources: Lafarge Canada Inc., Mississauga, Ontario; CP staff

David Redfern has been appointed chief executive officer of Lafarge Eastern Canada operations, based near Toronto. With 25-plus years in construction materials, he succeeds Bruno Roux and transitions from product line general manager for Western Canada Aggregates and Greater Vancouver. 

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Senate vote one short of unanimous to confirm FHWA Administrator

Source: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill. 

Nicole Nason has become the Federal Highway Administration’s 26th Administrator following a 95-1 U.S. Senate vote. The former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator and past Mothers Against Drunk Driving director arrives at the agency with deep experience in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government.

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Auditor publishes revised Product Category Rule for Concrete

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Michigan-based certification authority NSF International has issued a new Product Category Rule (PCR) for Concrete, reflecting nearly two years of stakeholder-proposed updates to a charter 2013 version. The PCR is a set of industry rules to support development of environmental product declarations (EPD) for ready mixed and manufactured concrete. EPDs respond to calls for product transparency and disclosure from green building standards, market initiatives, and state laws. 

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Charah sites slag grinding mill at Houston terminal

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

Charah Solutions will open a second facility using new grinding technologies for finishing granulated blast furnace slag as a supplementary cementitious material. Scheduled to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2019, the facility is located within Watco’s Greens Port Industrial Terminal (GPIT) on the Houston Ship Channel, and accessible by ship, truck and rail. It will deploy processing methods developed by SCB International, which Charah acquired last year and premiered at a New York terminal along the Hudson River. 

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EPA chief cites prospects for $6B in water infrastructure loans

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

EPA has announced a new round of funding to spur an estimated $6 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) credit assistance in 2019. Combined with other sources, he notes, “This could support $12 billion in water infrastructure projects and create more than 180,000 jobs. We are prioritizing construction-ready projects in water reuse and recycling, reducing exposure to lead and addressing emerging contaminants, and updating aging infrastructure,” notes EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

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