Industry applauds committee passage of Cement Relief Act

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

The recent committee passage of Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (H.R. 2681) by the House Energy and Commerce Committee illustrates the importance of putting in place regulations that protect American lives and American jobs, according to PCA. The bill next moves on for consideration by the full House, planned for the week of October 3.

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Holcim's Akermann to retire; former steel chief named new CEO

Source: Holcim Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland

Holcim's long-serving Chief Executive Markus Akermann, who has been working for the company since 1978 and has been CEO since 2002, announced he would retire in early 2012, and while his retirement came as no surpirse, the choice for his replacement was to many in the industry. The company named French stainless steel producer Aperam head Bernard Fontana as its new CEO.

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Cemex gets approval for Fairborn quarry expansion

Source: WDTN.com

According to reports in the local Ohio media, Cemex USA's Fairborn plant in Xenia was given the green light for its quarry expansion request. The Xenia Township zoning board allowed the company to rezone 290 acres of land for mining, despite pleas from dozens of residents who spoke out against the expansion during a hearing at Central State University.

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MIT researchers take a life-cycle approach to real costs, environment impacts of infrastructure

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

In August, the Concrete Sustainability Hub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released two studies looking at the life cycle assessment (LCA) of concrete pavements and buildings. A third assessment looked at life-cycling costing for streets and highways.

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