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Vulcan Mines Recognized for Outstanding Reclamation

By Mark S. Kuhar

A Greensville County, Va., rock quarry and Henrico County, Va., sand and gravel mine operated by Vulcan Materials Co. have been recognized with state/industry awards for innovative reclamation practices. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) presented the awards to Vulcan for its Skippers Quarry and Curles Neck Sand and Gravel operations. Award presentations were made at the VTCA’s annual meeting held recently in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Greenhouse Gas Permitting Requirements Focus on Largest Emitters

By Mark S. Kuhar

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not revise greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting thresholds under the Clean Air Act. Its final rule is part of EPA’s common-sense, phased-in approach to GHG permitting under the Clean Air Act, announced in 2010 and recently upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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EPA Releases Guidance on Fuel Availability Provisions for Ships

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released interim guidance for ship owners and operators clarifying how the U.S. government will implement fuel availability provisions when ships are unable to obtain fuel that meets standards protecting against sulfur pollution along the coast. Sulfur pollution has been linked to respiratory illnesses, particularly in at-risk populations including children, the elderly and asthmatics, according to EPA.

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Stricter EPA Soot Standards Could Put Transportation Projects In Jeopardy

By Mark S. Kuhar

Stricter standards for particulate matter (PM) or soot proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could endanger transportation improvements by placing federal highway funds in jeopardy, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) told members of Congress.

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Cleveland to Host Great Lakes Week in 2012

By Mark S. Kuhar

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway maritime industry supports 227,000 jobs in the U.S. and Canada, and annually generates $14.1 billion in salary and wages, $33.5 billion in business revenue, and $4.6 billion in federal, state/provincial and local taxes.

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