Concrete Products

AUG 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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6 • August 2018 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES Cemex stormwater capture plan neutralizes advocacy group gripes Cemex USA will upgrade stormwater man- agement at three southern California ready mixed operations as part of an agreement with Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Los Angeles Waterkeeper and Orange County Coastkeeper to resolve an ongoing dispute regarding the groups' claims of Clean Water Act violations. The producer is revising best management practices (BMP) at Irvine (Orange County), Fontana (San Bernardino County) and Comp- ton (Los Angeles County) plants and bringing water-testing protocols beyond current requirements. The agreement also calls for Cemex to contribute $55,000 to identify and fund future environmental-mitigation proj- ects through third-party groups Rivers and Lands Conservancy, Pacific Marine Mammal Center and From Lot to Spot. "Cemex strives to be a good neighbor in the communities in which we live and operate, and this agreement continues that commitment in southern California," says West Region President Eric Wittmann. Orange County Coastkeeper and Los Ange- les Waterkeeper filed a complaint in early 2017 claiming stormwater from the three concrete facilities raised pH and metal levels in nearby waterways, violating the Clean Water Act. Cemex refutes their observation and notes that the BMP-anchored agreement reflects a compromise with the organizations. "By capturing and reusing its stormwa- ter, Cemex will protect our swimmable waters while lowering its water use in the process," affirms Coastkeeper Senior Staff Attorney Colin Kelly, who also credits the producer for "its commitment to improving the waters that our families and wildlife depend on." "We ensure that all our greenspace proj- ects are multi-benefit projects have social, health, wellness and environmental impacts," adds From Lot to Spot Executive Director Viv- iana Franc. Following Coastkeeper's legal work, Cemex is one of four major southern California ready mixed producers that have updated their practices and infrastructure in the last two years to comply with clean water regulations. Cemex is targeting a mid-October completion for upgrades at the three plants. EPA GLIDER CAPS STAND Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler abandoned a plan that would potentially expand the use of glider kits for heavy-duty truck upgrades. Prior to his early-July departure, EPA Admin- istrator Scott Pruitt finalized a regulatory action whereby the agency would not enforce kit manufacturing caps. EPA's 2016 Phase 2 rule, aimed at reducing heavy-duty truck emissions while increasing miles per gallon requirements, included a provision to limit the use of glider kits for truck refurbishment. The Pruitt action would have allowed manufacturers to ignore previously imposed thresholds on the number of overhauled vehicles they could deliver for 2018 and 1019. EPA indicated that the non-enforcement announcement was nec- essary while agency staff writes a new rule to permanently repeal the Phase 2 glider kit provisions. National Ready Mixed Concrete Asso- ciation Government Affairs staff credited Administrator Pruitt for slowing, stalling and eliminating costly, burdensome regulations to the ready mixed concrete industry. Glider kit action aside, Acting Administrator Wheeler is expected to proceed with the agency agenda as outlined under the Trump Administration. Cement Handling Solutions. Designed for Cementitious Materials. Designed for Concrete Producers. 1.574.472.1095 Designed for Cementitious Materials. Designed for Concrete Producers. blower packages rotary vane feeders silo to silo transfer systems railcar unloading bulk storage terminal and load out facilities pneumatic material handling systems ® trans flo

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