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Senate Committee Gets Serious About Infrastructure

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee officially kicked off its transportation reauthorization efforts Jan. 28 with a hearing featuring panels consisting of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and the governors of Alabama and Vermont, as well as the South Dakota Secretary of Transportation, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

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USGS Index Supports Industry Growth

The nonmetallic mineral products industry leading index increased 0.3 percent to 240 in December from 239.5 in November, according to the latest report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). However, its 6-month smoothed growth rate remained at the 2.2 percent growth rate of November.

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MSHA Received 49 Discrimination Complaints in 2014

Not long after a miner who maintained a dust collector machine at a cement facility in San Bernardino County, Calif., contacted the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) about safety hazards, he was suspended and then terminated in April 2014. MSHA filed a motion for temporary reinstatement of the miner, and the mine operator, Riverside Cement Co., agreed to temporary economic reinstatement.

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NSSGA Names Annual Gold Award Winners; Platinum Qualifiers

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) recognized aggregates operations in the United States and Canada with an extraordinary commitment to safety, superior environmental stewardship and community involvement in 2013-2014. The underlying goal of these recognitions is to spur innovation and encourage continual quarry improvements, according to the association.

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