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JUL 2014

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www.concreteproducts.com JuLY 2014 • 41 CHAIRMAN'S REPORT RICK TRAYLOR ACPA "As a result of some of this research, we've already developed an ASTM specif- cation for steel fbers—ASTM C1765 [Stan- dard Specifcation for Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Culvert, Storm Drain, and Sewer Pipe]—which was published last year." GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ACPA joined peers in the public comment period for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's proposed permis- sible exposure limit of respirable crystalline silica in General Industry and Construction, concluding it "is unnecessary (without suf- ficient verifiable data to support that an exposure problem exists), cost prohibitive, especially for small businesses (OSHA cost data is understated and outdated), and con- trary to the intended purpose of protecting our workers." In his comments to the agency, ACPA President Matt Childs concurred with other associations on "the time frame provided to prepare an adequate response to this rule. ACPA has labored, as have many other[s], with haste and diligence to educate its in- dustry as to the requirements and impacts of the ruling and to collect information to fa- cilitate a response. However, the timeframe allowed was simply inadequate to review the thousands of pages associated with the rul- ing … We respectfully request that the rule be withdrawn." Chairman Traylor sees the regulations as "overstepping and intrusion by OSHA. This opens the door for abuse in the future." Al- though he does not have numbers on how many association members wrote in during the public comment period, Traylor knows that many member companies did comment. ACPA Government Affairs stakehold- ers are also looking hard at the language of the next highway bill extension after MAP-21 expires in October. "Typically, those tend to be extended and renewed time and time again until the politicians can fnally come to an agreement for a longer-term transportation bill, and I sus- pect that will be the case again in this process," Traylor says. "Another effort we're trying to spot- light is to keep the transportation bill language that gives the engineers the decision-making power on which products need to be used and not make that a po- litical mandate by people who don't really understand the projects. I know there's cur- rently a movement in place by a 'coalition' of plastic pipe producers looking to get the language changed. Their approach seems to be to require every material be bid on a given project. In certain situations and with cer- tain soils, it just isn't appropriate for fex- ible products to be used. So the engineers who are familiar with all aspects of a project should be the ones making those decisions." RINKER MATERIALS–CONCRETE PIPE DIVISION/CEMEX USA AT-A-GLANCE As a leading building materials supplier, Cemex provides cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates and concrete pipe, box and prod- ucts to the construction industry. Rinker Materials was acquired by Cemex in 2007, positioning the company to deliver a greater variety of products and services to more areas of the country than ever before. Rinker Materials–Concrete Pipe Division/Cemex USA is a lead- ing producer of concrete pipe and box culverts in the United States. Among its offerings is the proprietary Rinker Stormceptor, a stormwater separator that removes sediments and hydrocar- bons from stormwater run-off and stores the pollutants for safe and easy removal. Rinker's Concrete Pipe Division encompasses manufacturing facilities in more than 40 locations in 20 states. Other products from various Rinker locations include man- holes and inlets, microtunnelling (jacking) pipe, and specialty fttings and accessories. For more information, visit www.cemex- usa.com or www.rinkerpipe.com or call 800/992-3639. Continued on page 46.

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