Concrete Products

NOV 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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Page 13 of 66 November 2018 • 11 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS STATE POLICIES STATE ENERGY EFFICIENCY SCORECARD Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT On behalf of members in cement, ready mixed and precast production, the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) praised America's Water Infrastructure Act, which reauthorizes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and was signed into law last month, following a 99-1 Senate vote. Passage of vital water infrastructure and resource programs every two years means Congress is ensuring America can build and maintain 21st century infrastructure, NACA contends, while supporting the 600,000 jobs across the cement and concrete industries. "America's water infrastructure, from waterways to drinking water systems, will remain strong thanks to Congress," said Portland Cement Association CEO Michael Ireland. "Concrete is a central component in many of these projects, where resiliency and life-cycle cost are huge assets. PCA is grateful Congress adopted many of the provisions supported by the cement and concrete industry." "This is a major achievement for Congress, NACA and its members," added American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association CEO Richard Mueller. "NACA has been working to educate lawmakers about America's massive water infrastructure needs and the benefits of using cement and concrete to build for the long-term. Those messages clearly resonated and the result is one of the most important pieces of water infrastructure legislation in a quarter century." Among elements of the legislation most widely supported by the industry: Increasing infrastructure investment in waterway and flood control, including $6.1 billion for 12 new Army Corps of Engineers projects; reauthorizing construction programs like the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act; and, measures encouraging resilient and durable construction favoring concrete methods. "We are pleased that WRDA reauthorization encourages resilient techniques by the Corps to ensure extreme weather mitigation and provide a return on investment," notes Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute CEO Danielle Kleinhans. The bipartisan America's Water Infrastructure Act is the most sweeping infrastructure package to be considered by this Congress, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, as it grows the economy, keeps communities safe, cuts red tape, and is fiscally responsible. The law ensures certainty for NSSGA producers and the equipment manufacturers who support them as they rely on the movement of aggregates through ports and inland waterways. & MEGA SPRAYER IN ACTION VISIT US! Booth #C6787 Only RoMix has "Back-Set" Accept NO Imitations.

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