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US House of Representatives passes multi-year highway bill

06 November 2015, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has applauded the US House of Representatives for today’s passage of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act (STRRA), a multi-year federal highway bill. With passage of this bill Congress moves one step closer to completing work on vital infrastructure legislation that will help spur economic growth across the country.  The bipartisan measure sets federal surface transportation policy for a six-year period, including critical reforms tha...

PCA announces organisational changes in DC office, USA

03 November 2015, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has announced the addition of Rachel Derby to its Washington, DC staff. Derby will serve as vice president of government affairs, focussing on legislative relationships and advocacy. PCA also announced that effective November 1, A Todd Johnston has been promoted to executive vice-president of government affairs and that Collin Long has been promoted to senior director of government affairs. “We are very pleased to have Rachel join PCA,” said James G. T...

PCA: US cement industry records its most energy efficient year yet

21 October 2015, Published under Cement News

The amount of energy required to produce 1t of cement decreased 1.1 per cent in 2014 from the previous year’s levels, according to PCA’s latest US Labor-Energy Input Survey. Plants averaged 4.384m BTUs per ton. The PCA notes that this represents the most energy efficient year since tracking began for US cement manufacturing. The use of alternative fuel at cement plants was also on the rise in 2014, as 15 per cent of all energy needs are achieved through alternative fuel and 75 per cent of a...

PCA response to new EPA Ozone Standard

02 October 2015, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) released the following statement regarding the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone anticipated to be finalised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today. “The cement industry has for well over a century served as the foundation of economic development in the US. This is a responsibility we take seriously and with pride, as we do environmental stewardship. As part of our commitment to both the natural and the b...

Ash Grove Cement Company manager recognised by PCA

18 September 2015, Published under Cement News

Portland Cement Association (PCA) named Scott Nielson the runner-up of a 2015 John P Gleason Jr Leadership Award. Presented at PCA’s annual fall committee meeting, the awards honour employees of member companies who have exhibited industry leadership by taking the association in new directions. Awards are presented in each of PCA’s three categories of key strategic initiatives: Business Continuity, Market Development as well as Young Leaders. Nielson, runner-up in the Young Leaders categor...

PCA expects 2015 demand to increase 5%

10 September 2015, Published under Cement News

Despite volatility in equity markets and concerns about global growth conditions, PCA Chief Economist and Group Vice President, Edward Sullivan, has said “the fundamentals in the United States are sound and should support sustained growth in construction activity.” The PCA notes that the US economy is characterised by steady and strong gains in net job creation, low inflation, low interest rates, improving business and consumer confidence all of which paints an optimistic near term outlook....

Schon named PCA Vice President and Counsel, Government Affairs

11 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Portland Cement Association (PCA) named Michael Schon as vice president and counsel for government affairs. With PCA, he will have lead responsibility for shepherding the association's regulatory advocacy efforts and for promoting the cement industry in general. Schon comes to PCA from Baker Botts LLP, where he served as senior associate in the environmental practice group. In that capacity, he represented energy and manufacturing clients in environmental litigation and provided regulatory ...

PCA: "Clean Power Plan" will impact all segments of US economy

05 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Yesterday, President Obama authorised new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on emissions of CO2 from power plants. "These unprecedented regulations will have enormous impact," said James Toscas, president and CEO of the Portland Cement Association (PCA). "Everybody, including EPA, agrees that they will boost the cost of electricity, which in turn will increase the cost of making and using nearly everything.  Higher costs hurt every American's pocketbook, and mean fewer...

US Senate passes DRIVE Act

04 August 2015, Published under Cement News

By a bipartisan vote of 91 to 4, the US Senate on Thursday passed a six-year surface transportation authorisation. Passage of the “Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act” or the DRIVE Act represents "a major step toward completion of a robust highway bill this fall," the Portland Cement Association (PCA), highlights. Co-sponsored by Senators James Inhofe (R-OK), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), David Vitter (R-LA), and Tom Carper (D-LA), the PCA noted in a statement that the...

PCA applauds House action to support coal ash recycling

23 July 2015, Published under Cement News

By a bipartisan vote of 258 to 166, the US House of Representatives today passed legislation that will promote continued recycling of coal ash, a move which the Portland Cement Association (PCA) considers to be good for both the environment and the economy. The 'Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015,' (H.R. 1734), sponsored by Rep. David McKinley, (R-WV), codifies a recent decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate coal ash under the 'solid was...