EPA tags builder for lax concrete washout, stormwater management

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

Under agreement with the EPA, Rochester, N.Y., builder Atlantic Funding & Real Estate will pay a $50,000 penalty for stormwater control rule violations at its Gateway Landing development, and invest nearly $70,000 in a bioswale to filter silt and pollution from the site’s contaminated runoff into the Erie Canal.

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TRUCKS & COMPONENTS

caterpillar inc. CT681 vocational truck

Major truck and component manufacturers arrived at this year’s ConExpo-Con/Agg, Las Vegas, and Mid-America Trucking Show, Louisville, with new models or existing equipment upgrades—all bearing steel, aluminum, rubber or technology touches ready to lower ready mixed and concrete product delivery costs.

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Environmentalists falter in challenge of EPA cement plant emissions rule

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

In a ruling on National Resources Defense Council v. EPA, the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia upholds major parts of an agreement the cement industry and Environmental Protection Agency reached on the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), under which producers will invest heavily in  emissions treatment and controls equipment toward a 2016 compliance target.

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EPA strategic plan: Sustainable development, law enforcement, air & water quality

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Billed as a blueprint for a mission supporting public health and the environment across the country, EPA’s 2014–2018 Strategic Plan cites as chief goals: addressing climate change and improving air quality; protecting America’s waters; cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development; ensuring the safety of chemicals; and, protecting human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.

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Energy reduction nets Mack Trucks EPA Climate Leader Award

MACUNGIE (PA.) ASSEMBLY LINE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership announced the third annual Climate Leadership Award winners in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry. Nationally, 19 awards were given to 15 organizations and two individuals in the public and private sectors for their leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution.

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PRODUCERS April 2014

Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc. and Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., business units of Texas-based U.S. Concrete, Inc. have attained Green-Star certification from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association for a total of 17 plants. Seven Eastern Concrete plants are first in New Jersey, as well as the New York City area, to receive Green-Star certification. The producer aims to complete certification for its other operating plants in New York and New Jersey before year-end.

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JUDGE COMPELS EPA TO PICK UP PACE ON LANGUISHING COAL ASH DISPOSAL RULE

A late-January federal court action establishes a December 2014 deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a rulemaking, initiated in early 2009, that has created uncertainty over the regulatory status for all grades of coal ash, including ASTM C618 product. “The regulatory uncertainty that has impeded the beneficial use of coal ash for half a decade is finally coming to an end,” affirms American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) Executive Director Thomas Adams. “It now appears 2014 is the year for EPA to finally establish federal coal ash disposal guidelines under the ‘non-hazardous’ section of the law.”

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Energy reduction track record nets Mack Trucks EPA Climate Leader Award

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership named the third annual Climate Leadership Award winners at a conference in San Diego late last month, honoring 15 organizations and two individuals in the public and private sectors for carbon pollution reduction efforts.

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EPA confirms fly ash’s concrete suitability, benign chemical profile

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; American Coal Ash Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

Five years after proposing potentially onerous regulations for coal combustion residuals (CCR) management and disposal—triggering an uproar across the concrete industry regarding ASTM C618-grade fly ash marketability—EPA has released an evaluation of recycled CCR almost certain to put lingering concerns to rest.

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EPA ponders greener federal procurement

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing draft guidelines that will help the federal government buy greener and safer products. In response to broad stakeholder interest, it is seeking public input on these draft guidelines and a potential approach to assessing non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in the marketplace.

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