Market Growth Highlights – ACMA Insider – November 16, 2023

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Public Comment Open for Product Category Rule on Utility Poles

Sustainable Minds has issued a Public Comment notice for a multi-material Product Category Rule (PCR) concerning electrical utility poles. This collaborative effort involves stakeholders from FRP, wood, steel, and concrete, aiming to create Environmental Product Declaration documents. We invite you to review the PCR here. The deadline for Public Comment is December 2, 2023.

As part of ACMA’s Climate Impacts Project, ACMA staff and members have been hard at work developing this PCR in partnership with Sustainable Minds. The goal is to streamline Environmental Product Declaration creation, aiding engineers in selecting products for upcoming projects. This initiative is just one of many coordinated by ACMA to meet the growing demand for composite product manufacturers to complete Environmental Production Declarations, with ongoing projects like the development of a PCR for FRP rebar. If you’re interested in contributing or learning more, reach out to ACMA Staff: John Busel ( or John Schweitzer (

ACMA Solicits Public Input on Standards Development Activities

ACMA, an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer (ASD), invites public comment on two topics:

  1. Updated Scope of ASD Accreditation: ACMA has submitted an updated scope of ASD accreditation for review. The 30-day comment period concludesDecember 11, 2023.
  2. Limited Substantive Changes to ANSI/ACMA/UCSC-FRP Composite Utility Poles-1-2018:  ACMA seeks public comment on the limited substantive changes of the approved Standard Specification for FRP Composite Utility Poles. The 30-day comment period concludes November 27, 2023.

The topics were initially released for public comment in the 11/3/23 and 11/10/23 issues of ANSI Standards Action. To provide comments on the revised scope or limited substantive changes, click here to access the public review comment form.

For more information, please contact La’Kia Phillips Procedural questions may be sent to