A federal appellate court didn't fully satisfy industry or environmentalists with its ruling in a case concerning federal rules that govern cement kilns' air emissions.In its Dec. 9 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided partly with the petitioner, Portland Cement Association (PCA), by blocking one Environmental Protection Agency standard. The court also agreed partly with EPA by letting two other rules stand.The ruling by a three-judge panel deals with two final EPA rules issued in 2010: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollution (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards. NESHAP applies to particulate
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.