Feds' data shows fly ash far from hazardous

Sources: American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), Denver; Staff reports

An ACAA-sponsored report analyzing the most up-to-date U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) information available concerning coal ash constituents concludes that the concentrations of metals in the material, with few exceptions, are below environmental screening levels for residential soils and similar in concentration to common dirt.

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St Marys Bowmanville plant celebrates North America's first ISO 50001 certification for energy management

Source: St Marys Cement Inc., Toronto

Politicians and community leaders were on hand recently to celebrate St Marys Cement Bowmanville plant having received North America's first International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) 50001 certification, a framework for industrial facilities seeking to manage their energy use.

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New construction starts to rise 2% in 2012, says McGraw-Hill midyear update

Source: McGraw-Hill Construction, New York City

McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies recently released its 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook Midyear Update projections, which revise the forecasts provided last October at the firm’s annual Outlook Conference in Washington, D.C. The latest forecast predicts that total construction starts for the U.S. will increase 2 percent this year to $445 billion, up from the $434 billion reported for 2011. While slightly better than the flat performance for 2012 construction starts predicted last fall, the updated forecast still portrays an industry struggling to gain upward momentum.

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Cement Totals—March 2012

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

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were 6.0 million mt in March 2012, according to the USGS. This was 11 percent higher compared with shipments for March 2011. Shipments for the year through March were 15.2 million mt, up about 20 percent for the same period in 2011.

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