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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the recipients of the most recent round of Airport Improvement Program funding. Specifically, DOT awarded $520.5 million in airport infrastructure grants to 287 airports across the country, ranging from rehabilitating runways to constructing taxiways.

OSHA has re-initiated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS), which will increase the agency’s focus and frequency of testing for RCS in particular industries where workers are more likely to be exposed. Several concrete and related applications are targeted. See Appendix A of the OSHA Instruction for the full list of targeted industries. The NEP directs that at least 2 percent of inspections annually shall target RCS. Furthermore, the Office of Inspector General issued a memorandum to OSHA advising that the Inspector General’s office is initiating an audit of the agency’s RCS program.

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