EPA's bad rules have finally united a divided Congress

(The Detroit News 1-26-2012)   Regulations that would cost businesses billions thwarted: Lost amid the coverage of partisan squabbles in Washington is the bipartisan record being built in the House of Representatives.  Republicans and Democrats in the House are coming together to pass meaningful legislation — with strong bipartisan majorities — that will save jobs and strengthen the economy.

Industry Seeks Role in Defining EPA Coal Ash Reuse Risk Analysis

(Waste Business Journal 1-10-2012) The American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), representing companies that reuse ash in products such as cement, is asking the US EPA to heed its suggestions for EPA's pending risk study on ash reuse that will inform the agency's long-stalled Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) final rule on coal waste disposal. Among other things, the industry group is urging EPA to assess the risks of ash use in products as well as any alternative ingredients that may replace the ash should manufacturers choose to do so.

Competing Forces Clash over Coal Ash

(Energy Biz 1-24-2012) Issue tied to presidential outcome: Two competing forces with regard to how coal ash is regulated are headed for a collision. Environmentalist groups have just said that they would sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force prompt action while U.S. lawmakers from coal-producing states are working to head off those attempts.

Global demand for cement & concrete additives to approach $16 billion in 2015

(Aggregate Research 2-3-2012) (Ohio) - World demand for cement and concrete additives is projected to increase 8.3 percent annually to $15.8 billion in 2015, a significant improvement over the performance of the 2005-2010 period. During that timeframe, sluggishness or outright declines in many of the larger, more additive-intensive markets -- chiefly the United States, but also Italy, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom -- partially offset stellar gains in Brazil, China, India and numerous smaller markets.

Structural Safety Enhanced by Smart Spray Paint

(Daily Tech 1-31-2012) The smart paint is cheaper, less time-consuming and more accurate than current methods of monitoring. A researcher in Scotland has created a spray paint that is capable of identifying tiny faults in structures like bridges and turbines long before damage occurs.

Dr. Mohamed Saafi, study leader from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, is the creator of the smart paint, which is both strong and environmentally-friendly.

New Research on the Environmental Impact of Concrete

(Concrete Helper 1-16-2012) Nearly 500 representatives from industry, government and academia convened at MIT in August for a day-long symposium on the environmental impacts of concrete – a topic of no small importance, given that concrete is the most widely used man-made material on earth and that its use contributes about 5% of global CO2 emissions.


 (Construction & Demolition Recycling 1-3-2012)  Apogee Stadium is first collegiate stadium to receive highest certification from U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded the University of North Texas’ (UNT) Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas, LEED Platinum Certification, making it the first newly constructed collegiate football stadium in the U.S. to achieve the highest level of LEED certification, says the university. 

Fly ash is being turned into a solidifying agent for drilling waste pits

 (Bismarck Tribune/ Sunday, November, 13, 2011)

There's an intersection in North Dakota, where coal meets oil, that leads to thousands of pits out in the oil patch.

Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act

(Library of Congress 10-18-2011)

TVA’s Defense Against Coal Ash Spill Lawsuits Goes to Trial in Knoxville Federal Court

 (Washington Post 9-20-2011) A federal judge on Thursday began hearing from both sides in the legal battle over whether the Tennessee Valley Authority should pay damages for a huge coal ash spill that fouled a riverside community.
At a brief opening session, TVA attorney Edwin Small told U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan that TVA would land a helicopter in downtown Knoxville if he wanted to visit the spill site.