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September Commodity Shipments Strong on St. Lawrence Seaway

North American grain and iron ore exports in September have accelerated a rebound in shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway, and at least one port is reporting a double-digit increase in limestone shipments.

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New Jersey Set to Increase Gas Tax

Lawmakers in New Jersey approved a 23 cents-a-gallon increase on gasoline in order to pay for much-needed transportation projects and end a statewide construction freeze. It is the first increase in taxes on gasoline in the state since 1988, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

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EPA Settles With D.C. Processing Plant on Water Act Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has entered into a settlement agreement with Recycled Aggregates LLC and John Driggs Co., including a penalty of $32,400, resolving alleged Clean Water Act violations at a rock and gravel processing facility located at 1721 S. Capitol St. SW in Washington, D.C.

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Oldcastle to Build Asphalt Plant at Port San Antonio

Oldcastle Materials announced plans to build a new asphalt plant within Port San Antonio’s 350-acre East Kelly Railport. The expansion comes at a time when the region – among the fastest-growing communities in the country – plans to undergo significant road and infrastructure improvements in the years ahead to accommodate existing road traffic and a million new residents by 2040.

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Mining Deaths Drop to Historic Lows in FY 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released data that indicates Fiscal Year 2016 was the safest year in mining history.

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