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Housing Starts Creep Up In March

Led by a 6 percent rise in single-family starts, nationwide housing production rose 2.8 percent above an upwardly revised February rate of 920,000 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000 units in March, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Ontario Association Responds to Government Action

The Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA) acknowledged the comprehensive government response to the Report on the Review of the Aggregate Resources Act and said it stands ready to help implement key recommendations.

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MSHA Issues Preliminary Mine Safety Data for 2013

msha logoThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration released preliminary data for calendar year 2013, updating the “Mine Safety and Health at a Glance" page. The charts include information on inspections; violations; number of mines and miners; and fatality and injury rates for coal, metal and nonmetal, and all mining.

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Fatality Hits Virginia Operation

According to MSHA, on March 27, a 64-year-old foreman with 32 years of experience was seriously injured when he was struck by a section of plastic water pipe as it was being moved by an excavator. The incident took place at a Virginia aggregates operation.

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NSSGA Seeks Changes in EPA Rule

NSSGA staff met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) April 7 on their recently proposed Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule, which, if enacted as-is, would allow the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate geographically isolated water bodies and wetlands.

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