Coal Ash Industry Sees Massive Job Losses if EPA Rules Proceed

(Huffington Post 6-16-2011) An industry-funded report released late Wednesday suggests that federal regulation of coal combustion residuals, or coal ash, currently being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency would result in as many as 316,000 lost jobs and as much as $110 billion in lost economic activity over a 20-year period.

One World Trade Center Rising on "Super Concrete"

(Aggregate Research 6-9-2011) The concrete core of the new One World Trade Center Tower has now ascended above the 66th floor, and its steel columns stretch several floors higher.
For New Yorkers and, indeed, for all Americans and civilized people around the world, it is a potent symbol of freedom’s triumph over terrorism. The building may no longer be called “Freedom Tower,” but that name will surely embody its enduring legacy.

Scientist Discovers New Use for Industrial Fly Ash

(NTD Television 5-30-2011) Coal-firing plants which burn coal to generate electricity produce a residue waste material called fly ash. The dust-like substance is China's single biggest source of solid industrial waste. 

Senator Fights EPA's Proposed Rule, Works to Protect North Dakota Jobs

(Political News 5-27-2011) Senator Kent Conrad today urged President Obama to quickly finalize an Administration rule designating coal ash as a non-hazardous solid waste material. The ruling would allow for the continued beneficial use of coal ash and ensure an unnecessary burden is not placed on North Dakota's utilities.

Utilizing Coal Fly Ash & Recycled Glass in Developing Green Concrete Materials

(Aggregate Research 5-26-2011) The environmental impact of portland cement concrete production has motivated researchers and the construction industry to evaluate alternative technologies for incorporating recycled cementing materials and recycled aggregates in concrete.
One such technology is based on using pulverized glass as sand or pozzolan.

Alabama Agencies Advise EPA Against Hazardous Waste Label for Coal Ash

(AL.Com 5-17-2011) Three state agencies that oversee the environment, transportation and utilities have advised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity that is plentiful in Alabama, should not be treated as a hazardous waste.
In arguments that back up the position of the state's largest producer of coal ash, the three agencies warn that the more stringent rules for handling hazardous waste would impede the state's economy.

ACC Launches "Conrete+"

(Business Standard 5-14-2011) ACC Ltd, India’s foremost cement manufacturer and pioneer in cement and concrete technology, launched ‘Concrete+’, a premium eco-friendly cement brand in Bengaluru today. Concrete+ is technologically advanced cement in terms of higher strength and durability. This product will cater to the requirements of individual home builders in and around Bengaluru City.

Fly Ash Used to Create Stronger Concrete

(Engineering News 5-13-2011) Fly ash products manufacturer Ash Resources has introduced a new fly ash additives product to its range – DuraPozzPro.
The new product is the finest form of fly ash the company produces, and is intended for the high-end market. The company gathers fly ash from coal-fired power stations, before processing it and selling it for use in concrete mixtures.

Concrete Additives Add Strength and Reduce Carbon Footprint

(Journal of Commerce 5-9-2011) The National Research Council of Canada - Institute for Research in Construction (NRC-IRC) has developed a new project aimed at reducing the environmental impact of concrete by replacing part of the cement with supplementary cementing materials (SCM).

US Demand for Green Building Materials Will Exceed $71 Billion in 2015

 (Aggregate Research 5-3-2011)  Demand for green building materials is projected to expand 13.0 percent annually to $71.1 billion in 2015, slightly outpacing the growth of building construction expenditures over that period as green materials continue to account for an increasing share of materials used. While the rising use of green materials will support gains, the most important driver for demand will be the expected rebound in the construction market from low 2010 levels.