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  • Loadout and Transportation

    While the bulk of an aggregates operation’s equipment and technology focus is the equipment down on the quarry floor, producers are also seeking the latest innovations for moving material and portable machinery out the front gate and up the highway. Here are some recent product launches focusing on trucks, tires, trailers, diagnostics and vehicle scales. Read More
  • Troubleshooting Conveyor Malfunctions

    Here are some common areas of concern with conveyor belts and how to quickly repair them while on the job. Read More
  • The Rock 100

    Top Crushed Stone Producers List Read More
  • Rock Products 120th Anniversary - Part 3

    In This Issue, We Cover The Years 1911-1920. Read More
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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

Thumbnail Sept. 29, 2015 – It is going to be tough medicine for Big Yellow. Caterpillar has announced significant restructuring and cost reduction actions that are expected to lower operating costs by about $1.5 billion annually once fully implemented, according to the company. These steps will begin in late 2015 and reflect recent, current and expected market conditions. For 2015, the company’s sales and...

Prime-Time Products

Thumbnail Terex Minerals Processing Systems (MPS) recently added 5- x 16-ft. and 6- x 16-ft. two- and three-deck screens to its revolutionary line of “V” Series horizontal screens. Customers can enhance their operation by replacing their existing triple shaft screens with the “V” Series screens, according to the company.

Rock Stars

Thumbnail Charles F. Potts, chairman of the board of Indianapolis-based Heritage Construction & Materials, and past chairman (2008) of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), is the 2014 recipient of the George S. Bartlett Award. It was presented to him Sept. 30 during ARTBA’s National Convention in Philadelphia.
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Manufacturers in Focus

Thumbnail Volvo Construction Equipment will be a major participant at ConExpo Latin America, being held October 21 and 24 in Santiago, Chile. The launch of a new compact excavator on wheels and a paver, among other machines, will be announced during a press conference held by the company on October 22, at 2:30 p.m. in room Dona Gloria, second floor at the Espaço Riesco Event and Exhibition Center....

People on the Move

Thumbnail David S. Zachry, chief executive officer of Texas-based Zachry Corp., has been elected 2015-2016 chairman by the members of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The announcement came during the association’s annual National Convention, held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in...

120th Anniversary Celebration

Thumbnail 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 1920-1930.  
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The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of Oct. 1 is $2.200. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $2.275.


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EPA Proposes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would modernize Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting processes for hundreds of thousands of municipalities, industries and other facilities by converting to an electronic data reporting system.

The proposed e-reporting rule would make facility-specific information, such as inspection and enforcement history, pollutant monitoring results and other data required by permits accessible to the public through EPA’s website.

EPA estimates that, once the rule is fully implemented, the 46 states and the Virgin Island Territory that are authorized to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program will collectively save approximately $29 million each year as a result of switching from paper to electronic reporting.
“In addition to dramatically cutting costs for states and other regulatory authorities, the e-reporting rule will substantially expand transparency by making it easier for everyone to quickly access critical data on pollution that may be affecting communities,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “The e-reporting rule will also allow states and other regulatory authorities to focus limited resources on the most serious water quality problems, which will lead to increased compliance, improved water quality and a level playing field for the regulated community.”

Currently, facilities subject to reporting requirements submit data in paper form to states and other regulatory authorities, where the information must be manually entered into data systems.
Through the e-reporting rule, these facilities will electronically report their data directly to the appropriate regulatory authority. EPA expects that the e-reporting rule will lead to more comprehensive and complete data on pollution sources, quicker availability of the data for use, and increased accessibility and transparency of the data to the public.

Most facilities subject to reporting requirements will be required to start submitting data electronically one year following the effective date of the final rule. Facilities with limited access to the Internet will have the option
of one additional year to come into compliance with the new rule. EPA will work closely with states to provide support to develop or enhance state electronic reporting capabilities. E