Newly launched online portal gathers latest green construction news

Source: U.S. Concrete, Inc., Houston

With countless industry resources, publishers, blogs and social media communities on the internet, the ability to find a single point for expertise and opinions that integrates the best information on green construction was the driving force behind U.S. Concrete's launch of www.concrete-greenbuilding.com.

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Cement Totals-July 2011

Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 6.8 million mt in July 2011, according to the USGS. This was slightly higher compared with shipments for July 2010. Total shipments for the year through July were approximately 38.8 million mt, unchanged compared to the same period in 2010.

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Cement Regulatory Relief legislation clears the House

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Today’s bipartisan passage of “Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011” (H.R. 2681) by the U.S. House of Representatives was overwhelmingly called a triumph by construction industry leaders. A year-long effort to reform what they believed would be job-killing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the U.S. cement industry came to a head with legislation that seeks to replace harsh new federal rules with commonsense environmental safeguards.

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