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Industry Slams OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Proposal

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition, which represents 25 different construction trade associations, issued the following statement on Feb. 11, 2013, as it filed comments regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed Crystalline Silica Rulemaking:

“After an exhaustive analysis that involved hundreds of construction safety professionals, builders, construction managers and specialty trade contractors representing virtually every facet on the industry, it is our conclusion that the administration’s proposed new silica rule is significantly flawed and will do little to improve workplace health or safety. Specifically, the proposed rule sets a silica exposure standard that cannot be accurately measured or protected against with existing equipment and includes a series of data errors that undermine many of the rule’s basic assumptions.

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January Construction Slides 13 Percent

The value of new construction starts fell 13 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $485.0 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The downturn followed a healthy performance in December, which was the third highest month for total construction starts during 2013.

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New Coalition to Support Federal Mineral, Science Information

Fifteen organizations have formed the new Mineral Science and Information Coalition (MSIC) to advocate for reinvigorated minerals science and information functions in the federal government. Reliable supplies of mineral resources underpin the U.S. economy and national security.

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Volvo to Work with EPA, NHTSA

The Volvo Group committed its support to working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Phase II of the national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The announcement followed the Obama Administration’s statement that the EPA and NHTSA develop and issue the next phase of standards by March 31, 2016. The agencies are expected to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by March 31, 2015.

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Lafarge Touts Net Profit Jump

Lafarge S.A.'s net profit jumped in the fourth quarter despite lower sales, thanks to strong demand from emerging markets and North America.

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