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58 • ROCKproducts • June 2019 www.rockproducts.com ENVIRONMENT Cemex extended the deadline to accept high-impact project proposals in sustainable development from entrepreneurs and social innovators from all over the world after receiving more than 600 proposals for its Cemex-Tec Award. Since the award's inception, the Cemex-Tec de Monterrey Center for Sustainable Development has received 2,700 regis- tered proposals from 44 countries in America, Europe, Africa and Asia, from which 99 projects won awards benefiting 73 communities through social enterprises. In the 2019 edition, the award has already received more than 600 applications from 30 countries. The winning proj- ects will gain access to funding, specialized workshops and networking spaces. "We are pleased that our second global call for high-impact projects has given us the opportunity to strengthen and reinforce our innovative connection with more than 30 coun- tries on four continents in terms of shared value and social innovation, offering us the ability to contribute to the great global challenges established in the UN Sustainable Devel- opment Goals," said Martha Herrera, corporate director of social responsibility at Cemex and director of the Cemex-Tec de Monterrey Center for Sustainable Development. The Cemex-Tec Award annually recognizes entrepreneurs and students who create high-impact proposals and innova- tive projects in the field of sustainable development. The Cemex-Tec Award 2019 is divided in four global categories: • Transforming Communities, aimed at undergraduate and graduate students with community sustainable transfor- mation proposals. • Social Entrepreneurs, aimed at entrepreneurs with proj- ects that solve social problems and encourage systemic change, with potential to become a social business. • Community Entrepreneurship, aimed at organizations, foundations, cooperatives or civil associations with pro- ductive projects of social transformation. • Collaborative Action, aimed at organizations with social impact projects implemented through multi-sectorial partnerships. For more information regarding the Cemex-Tec Award visit www.cdcs.com.mx. Cemex Encourages Sustainable Development The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and member companies submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support the replacement of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule with an improved rule. This replacement proposal includes key suggestions from NSSGA, including exemptions for pits, water treatment systems, dry stream beds and isolated waters. NSSGA and member companies opposed the 2015 WOTUS rule that would have allowed the federal government to regulate waters that have little or no connection to flowing rivers and made permitting much more difficult and costly for members. "This is a milestone in a years-long process by NSSGA and member companies to improve the permitting process and reduce unnecessary costs," said Michael Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. "Everyone wants clean water and our industry needs clear rules for permitting operations that pro- duce the materials needed for vital infrastructure projects. Submitting comments in support of this rule is an important step to clarifying what had been a confusing regulation for EPA, the Corps and companies." NSSGA's comments provide additional clarity for regulators and operators, and member examples showed the unreason- able effects of poor regulations. For years, NSSGA has been a leader on the WOTUS Rule issue. Member companies and association staff have met members of Congress, regulators and the administration over the years, they have testified at public hearings and before Congress, submitted comments and participated in litigation to combat negative impacts of the 2015 rule. NSSGA Submits WOTUS Comments

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