EPA, Commerce, Energy, FHWA officials empower Carbon Neutral Summit

  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Federal Highway Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology representatives offered and compiled takeaways as participants in the first Summit on Accelerating Carbon Neutral Concrete Materials and Technologies. NEU: An American Concrete Institute Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete hosted the early-fall event to engage public and private construction stakeholders…

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AASHTO M194 performance opens CarbonCure specs to new avenues

Testing of CarbonCure Technologies’ carbon dioxide injection method for cement optimization and imparting strength development in ready mixed concrete has proved compliant with American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials M194, Standard Specification for Chemical Admixtures for Concrete. Verification by SGS TEC Services provides state transportation agencies, engineers and contractors with confidence to integrate the CarbonCure process into their…

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Empire State sets Clean Concrete procurement and EPD submittal terms

Beginning in January 2025, concrete producers will be required to provide environmental product declarations for New York State agency project deliveries above $1 million and 50 yards, or NYS Department of Transportation work above $3 million and 200 yards. Under just-adopted Buy Clean Concrete guidelines, producers will also need to demonstrate that their mix materials exhibit environmental impact below certain…

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GSA stipulates low-carbon materials for Homeland Security contracts

The U.S. General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security will steer nearly $288 million in Inflation Reduction Act funds to make the latter agency’s new headquarters campus buildings models for sustainability, starting with procurement prioritizing low-embodied carbon concrete, steel, and asphalt. The funding will enable GSA to complete the construction of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Headquarters, Immigration…

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Non-partisan caucus seeks to protect historic college football venues

U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (R-La.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) have launched the Historic Stadium Caucus. The bipartisan group will work on preserving the legacy and protecting the integrity of classic outdoor sports and entertainment venues across the country, and positioning them to stage events for generations to come. The Caucus lists among charter venues: Key Historic Stadium Caucus target areas…

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FHWA: Most states endorse EPD for Sustainable Project Delivery

Federal Highway Administration Sustainable Pavements Program team members are engaging with representatives of the 40 state departments of transportation implementing Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Sustainable Project Delivery. The initiative is part of the 2023-2024 round of Every Day Counts, an FHWA program launched in 2009 “to advance a culture of innovation in the transportation community with public and private…

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DOE confirms cement industry’s near-term CO2 emissions reduction

U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary David Turk led off a Climate Week New York City session last month noting how proven processing approaches will enable cement producers to book a 30 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction by the early 2030s and perhaps an additional 10 percent cut by 2050. The metrics set an upbeat tone for the Portland Cement…

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NLRB injects Cemex into new representation proceedings framework

Cemex Construction Materials Pacific LLC is at the center of legal proceedings likely to extend into 2024, or beyond, and determine National Labor Relations Board latitude in ordering employers to bargain with a union and holding them to a zero tolerance standard for even minor National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) violations.  A new NLRB framework for determining when employers are…

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Ozinga cement terminal captures South Florida current

Ozinga Bros. Inc. formally opened a Port of Palm Beach cement terminal during a mid-summer ribbon-cutting ceremony, citing the facility’s unique machinery, powder transfer methods, and operations as a testament to a company legacy of construction and logistics expertise. The terminal centerpiece, a one-of-a-kind, 55,000-ton cement storage structure, was designed in a cooperative effort with Port officials and the City…

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Levy agreement raises Heidelberg Materials’ slag cement profile

  Dearborn, Mich.-based Edw. C. Levy Co. will provide Heidelberg Materials a projected 400,000-plus tons of slag granules annually, sourced from domestic sites, under a new supply contract. The granules will be delivered to a Speed, Ind. operation that Heidelberg Materials is converting from legacy cement plant to advanced cementitious materials grinding, finishing and distribution hub. The producer anticipates slag…

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