To provide for the establishment, in the Office of Pavement Technology of the Federal Highway Administration, of the position of Recovered Mineral Component Ombudsman.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Sustainable, Livable And Green (S.L.A.G.) Highway Construction Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. RECOVERED MINERAL COMPONENT OMBUDSMAN; PROCUREMENT GUIDELINES.
(a) Recovered Mineral Component Ombudsman Position.--The Secretary of Transportation shall establish in the Office of Pavement Technology of the Federal Highway Administration the position of Recovered Mineral Component Ombudsman. (b) Duties of Ombudsman.--The duties of the Recovered Mineral Component Ombudsman shall include-- (1) acting as a liaison between the States and the Department of Transportation on federally funded highway projects; (2) encouraging States to use recovered mineral component (referred to in this Act as ``RMCs'') to drive down costs and be more environmentally sensitive; and (3) providing information on-- (A) the safety of using RMCs; (B) data on projects that use RMCs; and (C) training and educational seminars on the environmental benefits, and on the cost saving benefits, of using RMCs through partnerships with the RMC industry groups supported by the Administration. (c) Definition.--For purposes of this section, the term ``recovered mineral components'' and ``RMCs'' means-- (1) ground granulated blast furnace slag; (2) blast furnace slag aggregate; (3) steel furnace slag aggregate; and (4) any other industry co-product or recovered by-product the Federal Highway Administrator in consultation...