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Strategic Development Council announces chair and Board of Direction members

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The concrete industry’s Strategic Development Council, a Council of the ACI Foundation, announces its new Chair and Board members.

U.S. EPA and city of Akron agree on long-term CSO control plan

  AKRON, OHIO — On Nov. 16, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved a negotiated Long Term Control Plan Update (the “LTCP Update”) submitted by the city of Akron. This is a significant step in solving Akron’s combined sewer overflows (CSOs), and resolving the pending litigation.

San Diego County Water Authority and RBF Consulting receive project award

  SAN DIEGO — The American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC CA) selected the Camp Pendleton Seawater Desalination Project Feasibility Study for a 2012 Engineering Excellence Honor Award. RBF Consulting (RBF), a company of Michael Baker Corporation, prepared the comprehensive feasibility study for the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) for a 50 to 150 million-gallon-per-day seawater desalination facility located on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Simpson Strong-Tie enters concrete repair, protection and strengthening industry

  PLEASANTON, CALIF. – Simpson Strong-Tie announces its entrance into the concrete repair, protection, and strengthening business with the acquisitions of Baltimore-based Fox Industries Inc. and Switzerland-based S&P Clever Reinforcement Company.

EPA outlines integrated CWA permitting

   WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Water Works Association (AWWA) reported that Mark Pollins, water enforcement chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), told representatives from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and AWWA Jan. 18 that the agency’s overarching principles for its integrated planning and permitting policy (IP3) under the Clean Water Act were to
• maintain existing standards and protections and, at the same time,
• allow cities to balance CWA obligations cost effectively.

Louisiana’s infrastructure receives poor grades from civil engineers

  BATON ROUGE, LA. — Most of Louisiana’s infrastructure has not been adequately maintained or updated, according to a comprehensive 18-month study by the Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The study, named the Report Card for Louisiana’s Infrastructure, was released by the ASCE on Jan. 18, 2012.

California American Water withdraws support for Regional Desalination Project Alliance

  PACIFIC GROVE, CALIF. — California American Water announced that it has withdrawn its support of the three-party agreements behind the Regional Desalination Project that the company had proposed with Marina Coast Water District and the Monterey County Water Resources Agency in response to state-imposed limitations on the Monterey Peninsula’s water supply. Marina Coast Water District, Monterey County Water Resources Agency, and California American Water have been engaged in mediation since August 2011 and have been unable to reach agreement on how to address multiple challenges facing the Regional Desalination Project.

ACPA survey: Concrete pipe rated most durable by DOTs, specifiers

  DALLAS, TEXAS — A recent nationwide survey by the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) of key customers of drainage pipe found that concrete pipe rated highest on several of the criteria used to make decisions on such purchases. The survey of more than 400 specifiers, department of transportation (DOT), and other public agency officials, consultants, and contractors was taken in November 2011.

Simpson Strong-Tie enters concrete repair, protection and strengthening industry

PLEASANTON, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie announcesits entrance into the concrete repair, protection and strengthening business with the acquisitions of Baltimore-based Fox Industries Inc. and Switzerland-based S&P Clever Reinforcement Company.

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