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  • Martin Stone Builds Its Business

    New Front-End Loader Drives Production from the Quarry Face to the Plant. By Mark Sprouls   Read More
  • Just a Drone Call Away

    Whitaker Contracting goes from Drone to Stone to Streamline Stockpile Measurement. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
  • Outlook/Forecast 2016: All Systems Go, Full Speed Ahead

    With a New Highway Bill in Place, the Future Now Looks Very Bright for the Aggregates Industry. By Mark S. Kuhar and Josephine Smith   Read More
  • New Brand of Sand

    R.W. Sidley Supplies a Custom Blend for a Downtown Cleveland Renovation Project. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
  • IMI Aggregates’ McCordsville Quarry: A 60-Year Vision Approaches its Final, Successful Chapter

    Every good business plan starts with a vision. And that was certainly what Irving Materials, Inc. (IMI) had when it opened its aggregate mining operations in McCordsville, Ind. in 1955. Read More
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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

Feb. 4, 2016 – A ranking of the top U.S. metropolitan areas by the dollar amount of construction starts for commercial and multifamily building shows the New York City metropolitan...
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Prime-Time Products

ContiTech has introduced ContiAlert, a unique conveyor belt monitoring process that allows users to see belt wear in real time.
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Rock Stars

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) served as chairman of the Conference Committee that passed the The Fixing America's Surface Transportation, or FAST Act.
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Manufacturers in Focus

Eriez Vice President of Sales and Marketing Charlie Ingram announces customers around the world made 2015 the most successful year ever for the company in terms of metal detector sales.
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People on the Move

According to McLanahan Corp., as the company has grown, it has continued to evaluate how to best serve its customers around the world. As a result, McLanahan has created a...
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2016 Rock Products Readership Survey

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120th Anniversary Celebration

In This Special Year-Long Series Celebrating Our 120th Year Publishing Milestone, Rock Products Presents A History Of The Aggregates Industry. In This Issue, We Cover The Years 1960-1969.
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Distributor News

Asphalt Concrete Equipment & Supplies (ACE Equipment) of Keene, Ontario, Canada, teamed up with ALLU Group, Inc. in order to better inform customers on equipment usage and techniques that will enhance their profitability.
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XTO Energy Agrees to $100K Fine for Wastewater Spill


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice reached a settlement with XTO Energy on July 18 over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) stemming from a spill of gas drilling wastewater in central Pennsylvania.

Under the settlement, XTO must pay a $100,000 fine as well as spend an estimated $20 million on a comprehensive plan to improve wastewater management practices, including remote monitoring of tank volumes. The substantial improvements are estimated to reduce discharges of total dissolved solids by 264 million pounds over the course of the next three years. These reductions will occur in large part because XTO will increase wastewater recycling and will properly dispose of wastewaters generated by its natural gas activities across the Mid-Atlantic region.

During an inspection of the Penn Township facility in Nov. 2010, a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) inspector observed wastewater spilling from an open valve on a series of interconnected tanks. At the time, XTO stored wastewater generated from energy extraction activities conducted throughout Pennsylvania at the facility. Authorities later found pollutants from the chemically treated water, including chlorides, barium, strontium and total dissolved solids, in a tributary of the Susquehanna River basin.

“The operational improvements required by today’s settlement will help to protect precious surface and drinking water resources in Pennsylvania and West Virginia,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA continues to push for responsible development of domestic sources of energy and to insist that companies play by the rules that protect public health.”