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Cemex Sites Earn Wildlife Habitat Council Certification

Five of Cemex’s sites in the U.S. have earned certification with the Wildlife Habitat Council for superior management of wildlife enhancement and land conservation projects. The five sites are cement-manufacturing plants in Fairborn, Ohio, and Louisville, Ky., and the FEC Quarry, 474 Sand Mine and Brooksville Quarry in Florida.

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Lafarge North America Agrees to Pay EPA Penalty

By Mark S. Kuhar

Lafarge North America Inc. and four of its U.S. subsidiaries have agreed to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations. The violations include unpermitted discharges of stormwater at 21 stone, gravel, sand, asphalt and ready-mix concrete facilities in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland and New York, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Nuisance Dust Regulation Could Cost Industry Jobs

By Mark S. Kuhar

Pete Lien, president of Pete Lien & Sons, Inc., Rapid City, S.D., told the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce that impractical attempts by the federal government to control natural dust sources could cause catastrophic job losses in an industry that already has been battered by the economic downturn.

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Simple Steps for Going Green in 2012

By Mark S. Kuhar

As we ring in the new year, here are some steps that we can all take to reduce our impact on the environment, according to Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C.; and Repurposed Materials, an organization dedicated to providing both economic and environmental solutions through the creative act of repurposing.

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A Quarry Ranks Among Most-Unwanted Local Projects

Nearly 60 percent of Americans say they would oppose a new aggregate quarry project in their hometown, making it the third most-unwanted type of local development project, the 2011 Saint Index survey found.

The Saint Index is conducted annually by The Saint Consulting Group to track and quantify the politics of land use, including who actively opposes and supports real estate projects and why.

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