Ash Grove Montana City plant wins MSHA award

The Ash Grove Cement Co.’s Montana City, Mont., plant was recognized for its outstanding safety record by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Mining Association as part of the Sentinels of Safety award program.

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Essroc Nazareth plant hit with $82K EPA fine for reporting violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that Essroc Cement Corp. has agreed to pay an $82,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of toxic chemical reporting requirements at its manufacturing Nazareth, Pa. facility. According to EPA, Essroc failed to submit three years of required reports on a regulated toxic chemical (lead) that was processed at this facility.

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ASTM, AASHTO dedicate combined Cement & Concrete and Materials Reference labs

A 34,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Frederick, Md., has been converted to a shared ASTM Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL), bringing the operations of six buildings under one roof.

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Higher oil prices drive up state infrastructure costs

Home foreclosures decreased dramatically in 2011, but industry experts are cautioning that this is not a reflection of improvements in the housing market, but a result of legal, process and “robo-signing” issues. At the 2012 International Builders’ Show in Orlando recently, Ed Sullivan, chief economist for Portland Cement Association, said that the 1.9 million foreclosures reported in 2011 is understated by more than 1 million due to the processing delays.

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