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2016 Was Record Low Year for Mining Fatalities

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) indicate that in 2016, 25 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation’s mines – down from 29 in 2015. The figure represents the lowest number of mining deaths ever recorded and only the second year that mining deaths dropped below 30. Currently, approximately 330,000 miners work in more than 13,000 U.S. mines.

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Aggregates Industries Quarry Could Protect D.C. Water Supply

WTOP in Washington, D.C., is reporting that local water officials are looking into the possibility of utilizing Aggregates Industries’ Travilah Quarry in Rockville, Md., to provide water storage for the local D.C., Maryland and Virginia water utilities in the event that water from the Potomac River would become unavailable or undrinkable.

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Construction Costs End 2016 on a High Note

Construction costs rose for the second straight month, according to IHS Markit and the Procurement Executives Group (PEG). The headline current IHS PEG Engineering and Construction Cost Index (ECCI) registered 53.3, up from 50.7 in November, continuing the recovery after a 22-month slump in prices. Strength was evident in both labor and material markets.

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MSHA Targets Aggregates, Cement Plants in November

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced federal inspectors issued 152 citations and five orders during special impact inspections conducted at 10 coal mines and seven metal and nonmetal mines in November 2016.

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Athabasca Acquires Two Aggregates Operations

Athabasca Minerals Inc. purchased two gravel operations located in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta, Canada. The gravel pits include KM248 and Cowpar gravel properties and were acquired for a purchase price of CA$600,000.

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