EPA Sets More Stringent Ozone Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Thursday that it will reduce the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb), tightening the standard from the current level of 75 ppb set in 2008. EPA had proposed standards as low as 60 ppb, and many sources reported that that the White House and its Office of Management and Budget (OMB) favored a 68 ppb standard.

The final rule comes after months of intense lobbying from industry groups, which warned that the stringent ozone rules would harm the economy.

As part of those efforts, PCA members and staff met with OMB to provide an industry perspective, including an overview of the economic impacts to the cement industry from lowering the standards. PCA urged OMB and EPA to leave the current ozone standard in place to minimize the impact on states and localities already struggling to meet existing standards and take a hard look at the economic impacts of lowering the standards.

View PCA statement 

Contact: Mike Schon


October Paving Webinar Features Regional, RCC Updates

PCA’s paving webinars continue with the Regional Focus series Friday with a testimonial on the value in full-depth reclamation (FDR) in Indiana and a report from PCA’s Great Lake region. The call will also feature an update on Roller-Compacted Concrete (RCC) Pavement Council activities.

The free, one-hour webinar on practices and avenues to successful paving advocacy and promotion is scheduled for Friday, October 9, at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Jim Render, senior manager of business development at Essroc, will discuss how Indiana counties working with the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) are saving thousands of dollars on every mile that is done with FDR and getting a better, longer lasting, more sustainable product.

Ray McVeigh, executive director, PCA Great Lakes Region, and Corey Zollinger, CEMEX USA director of paving solutions, will also be featured on the call.

Register for the webinar here.

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Education and Training

Discounted Registration to World of Concrete

Register Today for World of Concrete 2016World of Concrete (WOC) 2016 will be held in Las Vegas on February 1-5, 2016. The largest, most comprehensive commercial concrete and masonry event for the concrete industry features more than 1,400 exhibitors and more than 100 seminars and conference sessions. New for 2016, WOC will launch an area for precast concrete, highlighting the latest products and technologies in the sector.

As a cosponsor, PCA offers discount admission to exhibits. By registering through PCA and using promo code A32, exhibits-only admission is $20, a $45-$65 savings. Additionally, PCA receives a rebate from Hanley-Wood based on the number of pre-registered attendees who come to the show.

2016 WOC Pricing (Some restrictions may apply):

  • Exhibits-only rates: $20 online thru show; $65 onsite with printed Buyer Invite, or $85 without printed Buyer Invite.
  • Seminar rates: 3-hour seminars are $130 before December 15, 2015 and $170 after; 90-minute seminars are $90 before December 15, 2015 and $130 after; 4-hour certifications are $185 before December 15 and $215 after.
  • Super pass packages: SP1-2s are $405 before December 15 and $525 after December 15; SP3s are $505 before December 15 and $625 after.
  • Rates for onsite seminars and super pass packages are the same as post-December 15 pricing.

Register with PCA discount

Market Intelligence

PCA Releases 2015 Cement Industry Yearbook

MI yearbook 10-4-15The PCA 2015 U.S. Cement Industry Annual Yearbook is now available. The Yearbook is the starting place for the historical perspective on the U.S. construction and cement industries. It provides long-term historical data tables and graphs for indicators most relevant to the cement industry as well as showing the development of trends.

The 2015 Yearbook shows,for example, that cement intensities (metric tons consumed per million dollars of construction spending) have reached pre-recession levels. One reason for this is the cement-intensive public sector has been growing in relative share of consumption. Between residential, nonresidential, and public cement use, public’s share reached nearly 50 percent in 2014 on a 5-year average basis.

The publication contains detailed information covering U.S. economic activity, cement consumption and supply, infrastructure, industry operating characteristics, and international economic trends. In addition, construction activity trends, company rankings, cement trade, and energy consumption are included.

Contact Joe Chiappe


Call for Entries: PCA 2016 Concrete Bridge Awards Competition

PCA invites entries for its Fifteenth Concrete Bridge Awards Competition to recognize excellence in design and construction of concrete bridges.

Eligible structures for the 2016 competition must have been essentially completed between October 2013 and September 2015, and must be located within the United States or Canada.

All types of bridges—highway, rail, transit, pedestrian, and wildlife crossing—in which the basic structural system is concrete are eligible. Entries are equally encouraged for cast-in-place or precast concrete bridges with short, medium, or long spans. Newly constructed, reconstructed, or widened structures qualify for the competition.

To submit your entry  visit www.cement.org/bridges.

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CTLGroup Team Wins Award at NASA Building Challenge

CTLGroup staff received one of three Best of Class Awards last week in the America Makes competition.

The $2.25 million competition, sponsored by NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, challenged participants to develop state-of-the art architectural concepts that take advantage of 3D capabilities. The designs will contribute to future Mars exploration and construction in remote areas on Earth.

CTLGroup was selected as one of 30 finalists to display models of their concept at the World Maker Faire in New York, where winners were selected. More than 160 teams submitted proposals. Team Mars’ concept, Seed Habitat, was based on ancient concrete designs without reinforcing steel – which would be difficult to manufacture on Mars or to transport from Earth.

The team included former CTLGroup researcher Dr. T.D. Lin, whose work in the 1980s involved research on lunar concrete and it potential use in lunar habitats. CTLGroup‘s Ross Kelly and Scott Nettles represented the team in New York and accepted the award.

View additional information on the CTLGroup design on the NASA blog.

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