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  • From Rocks to Gold

    A Special Rock Products Interview With Dave Turin Of The Hit Discovery Channel Television Series ‘Gold Rush.’ By Mark S. Kuhar Read More
  • Benchmark 2015: An Exclusive Survey

    Rock Products’ Annual Survey On the Opinions, Concerns and Buying Intentions of Producers Reveals What is On The Industry’s Collective Mind. By Mark S. Kuhar Read More
  • Dealing with DPM

    Using Real-Time Diesel Particulate Matter Measurements to Optimize the Implementation of Administrative Controls. By James Noll, Larry Patts and Roy Grau   Read More
  • Washing Where They Are Going

    High-Tech Wash Plant At Geddes Group Quarry Is Efficient Solution For Solving High Silt Problem. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
  • County Tyrone: Ireland's Crushing and Screening Mecca

    Northern Ireland is home to many quarries and manufacturers of equipment for the global aggregates industry. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailApril 13, 2015 – The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has unveiled legislative language designed to protect U.S. waters from federal overreach, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). It is in response to the recent announcement that EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers had sent the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule to the Office of Management and...

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailFairbanks Scales Inc. offers its Talon Series Highway Vehicle Scales with Intalogix technology. Boasting long-lasting construction, the Talon is offered in two capacities to meet unique application requirements.

Rock Stars

article thumbnailRon DeFeo, chairman and chief executive officer of Terex Corp. is the sole recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor – the 2014 “ARTBA Award.” It was presented at an April 14 luncheon during the association’s Federal Issues Program in Washington, D.C.
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailEllicott Dredges is reporting strong sales efforts over the past 15 months with shipments of dozens of dredges to more than a dozen countries. Ellicott considers an outstanding aspect of this performance to be its exceptionally strong sales to the U.S. market, particularly for dredging contractors.

People on the Move

article thumbnailTerex Washing Systems (TWS) announced the appointment of Global Sales Director Iain Walker, who will lead the growing TWS sales team, based at the TWS headquarters facility in Northern Ireland. Responding to business growth and increased customer demand the sales director will be responsible for growing TWS business across key markets globally. He will work closely with the sales, marketing,...

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The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of March 26 is $2.574. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $2.688.

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.”