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EPA revisits SCM in procurement guidelines; honors CalPortland and Cemex

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has opened a public comment period through July 6 on the Agency’s current list of 61 items that are or can be made from recovered materials in eight Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) categories, plus recommendations to federal agencies on purchasing such items. The largest category, Construction Products, includes blended cement or concrete containing fly ash, ground granulated blast furnace slag and silica fume.

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Equipment manufacturers envision national manufacturing agenda

To further an objective highlighted during ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 earlier this year, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has called on the federal government to develop a comprehensive national strategy for manufacturing to strengthen the economy, create new jobs and opportunities, and ensure the United States is the best place in the world for on- and off-road machinery interests to innovate, assemble, and do business.

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NRMCA informs FMCSA of automated mixer trucks’ promise, limits

From the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s invitation for comment on a new policy document, “Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0” ... Automated mixer trucks hold immense potential for increasing industry safety, supplementing current driver operations and solving driver shortage issues, while increasing the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of ready mixed concrete operations and placement.

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OSHA pandemic response plan draws lines on illness reporting, culpability

An interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic provides guidance to Occupational Safety and Health Administration Area Offices plus compliance safety and health officers (CSHO) for handling Covid-19 disease-related complaints, referrals or severe illness reports. The plan contains what OSHA Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt calls “commonsense procedures for investigating complaints related to the coronavirus while also ensuring the safety of workers, employers, and inspectors.” 

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Quikrete Cos. and Energy Department partner on 3D-printed concrete project

Atlanta-based Quikrete Companies and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, have entered a cooperative research and development agreement to design next-generation concrete for production of large-scale structures or elements through a 3D printing process (see “Sweet Success,” page 50). Using an Oak Ridge-developed additive manufacturing system, the two-phase, two-year collaboration will target specially-formulated mixes spawning new construction capabilities.

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