DOE funds cement pre-calcining heat demonstration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Pasadena, Calif.-based Heliogen $4.1 million to demonstrate a concentrated solar power (CSP) process for heating limestone to 950°C, applicable to the calcining phase in portland cement production. CSP technologies deploy mirrors to beam sunlight onto a receiver, and can be used to deliver heat for energy-intensive industrial processes or generate electricity using…

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National Science Foundation funds concrete strength sensor start up

WaveLogix, a Purdue University-incubated company commercializing an Internet of Things sensing system to monitor cast-in-place or precast concrete infrastructure, has earned a six-month, $256,000 SBIR Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation to develop its technology. WaveLogix’s Rebel brand of sensors improves upon the industry standard to measure concrete strength: Breaking multiple field-cured concrete samples. Destructive concrete strength testing…

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False stormwater discharge reports bring lab three-year prison term

A judge in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Memphis, sentenced the chief executive officer of Environmental Compliance and Testing (ECT), Memphis, to 36 months in prison in connection with fabricating Clean Water Act-mandated storm water discharge monitoring reports for concrete and other industrial sites, and submission of those documents to the Tennessee Department of Environment and…

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EPA officials reviews 50 years of Clean Water Act deliverables

Environmental Protection Agency and White House Council on Environmental Quality officials joined other water pollution control stakeholders last month on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act of 1972.  “When the Cuyahoga River burned 50 years ago, people from all backgrounds came together with one voice to demand action,”…

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OSHA officials address sobering construction work suicide rates

Construction workers often face some of their industry’s most serious dangers—such as falls from elevation, being struck or crushed by equipment or other objects, and electrocution—but recent studies suggest another occupational concern is lurking silently at U.S. worksites: worker suicides. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the suicide rate for men in construction and extraction was five…

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EPA tour leads to Clean Water Act 50th anniversary observance

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox recently joined agency colleagues, state and local officials to kick off the 50 Anniversary of the Clean Water Act celebration tour, culminating in mid October. “When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, it charted a new path for America’s waters. As a result,…

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Code Council tracks Inflation Reduction Act-spurred EPD demand

Sources: International Code Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The International Code Council salutes provisions in the just-signed Inflation Reduction Act that will help communities update building energy codes and promote low-carbon construction materials. Building on last year’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, ICC notes, the new law: • Serves up $1 billion to support codes and standards or local amendments…

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Carmeuse C33 cargo ballasts symbolic Great Lakes freighter’s maiden voyage

Sources: Carmeuse Americas, Pittsburgh; Interlake Steamship Co., Ohio; CP staff Carmeuse Americas inaugurated the first U.S. flagged bulk carrier ship built on the Great Lakes since 1981, dispatching stone from its Port Inland Operation to Muskegon, Mich. concrete customers by way of the Verplank Trucking Cobb Dock. Interlake Steamship’s 639-ft. M/V Mark W. Barker began its 110-mile maiden voyage to…

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White House salutes insolvent multiemployer pension plan bailouts

The White House has outlined a final rule implementing the American Rescue Plan’s Special Financial Assistance (SFA) program, billed as protecting “millions of workers in multiemployer pension plans who faced significant cuts to their benefits.” Before American Rescue, retirees participating in more than 200 multiemployer pension plans faced the prospect of not receiving full benefits—often the consequence of past financial…

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Life cycle assessment standards group revises PCR and EPD preparation guide

“2022 ACLCA PCR Guidance – Process and Methods Toolkit: Creating standardized, consistent, and reliable PCRs & EPDs for transparency, procurement, and supply chain data” provides process checklists for each of the roles in product category rule (PCR) creation. A successor to charter 2013 guidance, the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) document features methods and methodologies addenda to raise…

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