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Nonresidential Construction Continues on Growth Path

The nonresidential construction sector continues to grow at a solid pace, reflecting 18 months of improving activity despite rising costs of construction materials and labor and a slight decline in regional economies where most construction activity is taking place, according to the FMI Nonresidential Construction Index Report (NRCI) for Q2 2015. The Index reflects the observations and sentiments of a sampling of construction industry executives nationwide.

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WOTUS Rule Expands EPA Authority; Exempts Quarries

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. In taking this action, EPA greatly expanded its own regulatory authority and created new bureaucratic red tape for many U.S. industrial activities.

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Congress Passes Two-Month Highway Extension

Congress has voted to extend authorizations for federal highway and transit programs through July 31. Both the House and Senate passed the measure. The new stopgap is the 33rd extension in six years. President Obama is expected to sign the bill before the May 31 deadline.

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