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Construction Spending: Healthy Gains Year-Over-Year

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during April 2016 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,133.9 billion, 1.8 percent (±1.3 percent) below the revised March estimate of $1,155.1 billion. The April figure is 4.5 percent (±1.6 percent) above the April 2015 estimate of $1,085.0 billion.

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Aggregates Production Explodes in First Quarter

The estimated U.S. output of construction aggregates produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2016 was 443 million metric tons (Mt), an increase of 16 percent compared with that of the same period of 2015, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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Supreme Court Rules Against EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on May 31, that a landowner can appeal a determination from the Army Corps of Engineers that a water body is subject to federal jurisdiction and permit requirements under the Clean Water Act through the federal court system.

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MSHA Touts Results of April Impact Inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that federal inspectors issued 90 citations and three orders during special impact inspections at 10 coal mines and three metal and nonmetal mines in April 2016.

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