EPA take stock of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act deliverables

A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report attributes significant air quality improvements to the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), federal legislation aimed at protecting health and conserving truck fleet fuel.  “Reducing harmful diesel emissions results in cleaner air and healthier communities, and this bipartisan legislation is delivering these benefits to communities across the nation,” says EPA Administrator Michael Regan. “The…

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Low-carbon steel interests like Federal Buy Clean Initiative

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Chicago, reports that members are ready to meet expanded White House Federal Buy Clean Task Force objectives announced during a mid-September gathering at the Cleveland-Cliffs Toledo Direct Reduction plant in Ohio. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, U.S. General Services Administration Administrator Robin Carnahan, and Deputy National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi noted that federal agencies…

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Commerce Secretary seats inaugural CMU Checkoff Board of Directors

The Department of Commerce named 21 block producers to two-, three- or four-year terms on the CMU Checkoff Board of Directors. A planned, mid-November meeting in Chicago will see the launch of initial operations; appointment of chairs and vice chairs for five Regional Advisory Committees (RAC); and, determination of when checkoff assessments begin. Charter directors, 15 voting and six alternate(*),…

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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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FHWA sketches transportation greenhouse gas emission reduction framework

The U.S. Department of Transportation has opened a public comment period for a Federal Highway Administration Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for states and municipalities to track and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act makes more than $27 billion available for state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations to meet a declining GHG emissions…

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