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they all say the same thing: if the plant
looks bad, chances are they're going to
easily and quickly spot a problem or they
may look around hard enough to find one.
But a clean, well-organized plant? They
have a subjective opinion already formed
that this is probably going to be a plant
and company that has its act together, and
so they probably won't find much in the
way of problems and may even be willing
to overlook minor problems altogether. A
clean plant is an organized plant, while a
dirty, messy plant gives the impression of
one that may not be in compliance.

2. Don't forget about your community;
it's not just regulators who take notice.
If you're known by your neighbors and
community as a clean, well organized
plant, you're less likely to be the recipient of complaints and possible community opposition. Want to put up that
next plant? You'll have a far easier go
of it if you're known for running a neat,
clean plant.
3. Nearly every concrete plant in the
United States has an NPDES discharge
permit, usually at least for stormwater
discharges. Those permits require that

housekeeping practices be a standard
BMP (Best Management Practice) at the
plant, since they recognized the benefits
of a clean plant to water quality long ago.
A clean plant, free of sediment buildup
and other potential pollutants, is far less
likely to discharge those pollutants into
stormwater and is therefore more likely
to be in compliance with its NPDES permit. This also includes potential chemical
pollutants present on or in old drums,
buckets, and in trash and debris at the
site, any of which can contribute pollutants to stormwater. Take stormwater
samples? In most cases, a clean plant is
the best defense possible against violating
permit limits or benchmarks. So not only
is housekeeping required, it's the best
thing you can probably do under your
NPDES permit.
4. Almost every concrete plant also has an
air permit of some type, which often
regulates fugitive emissions (usually
dust emissions) from areas like paved and
unpaved areas of the plant. By keeping
those areas free of sediment buildup (from
sand, cement and concrete), there's less
material capable of being picked up by the
wind and carried off as dust emissions;
therefore a clean plant is more likely to
be in compliance with air permits than
a dirty, dusty plant.
5. Trash and debris on your site are capable
of causing contamination at your concrete plant. We've seen this time and
time again, where old drums, turned on
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017

From the President’s Desk
Corporate Suite
Enviroscene
2017 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Fleet Benchmarking and Costs Survey
The Root Causes of Poor Communication
Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction
Engineering: Specifying for Performance
View from Capitol Hill: State of Play of U.S. Infrastructure
2017 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide
2017 Products & Services Suppliers Guide
Index of Advertisers
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Intro
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - cover1
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - From the President’s Desk
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Corporate Suite
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Enviroscene
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Fleet Benchmarking and Costs Survey
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - The Root Causes of Poor Communication
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Engineering: Specifying for Performance
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - View from Capitol Hill: State of Play of U.S. Infrastructure
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 Products & Services Suppliers Guide
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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