dan Eckenrode

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has enlisted Portland Cement Association CEO Jim Toscas to join its Committee of 100, along with counterparts representing the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Generic Pharmaceutical Association, Internet Association and Toy Industry Association. “The opportunity to share ideas, good practices, and perspectives in regard to governance, operations and overall value delivery, as well as partake of the excellent information and educational content of this program, is of tremendous value,” notes Toscas.

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Capitol Hill and mining veteran heads PCA Government Affairs

A. Todd Johnston has joined the Portland Cement Association Washington office as vice president for Government Affairs, arriving with a strong record of experience and accomplishments in state government and industry, and on Capitol Hill. Most recently, he served as staff director for the Subcommittees on Environment and Energy under the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, leading a team whose primary focus was on the technical, scientific and legal underpinnings of major Environmental Protection Agency-proposed regulatory initiatives: greenhouse gas standards for power plants; revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone; and, changes to the scope of regulation falling under the Clean Water Act.  

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From the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Government Affairs staff… Following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s ruling vacating the Hours of Service (HOS) 30-minute break for short-haulers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued guidance on exactly to whom the 30-minute break rule did not apply.

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