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Lafarge Slag Cement Used at One World Trade Center

Taking advantage of innovative construction materials, the 104-story, 1,776-ft. One World Trade Center tower is designed to be the safest and most environmentally friendly commercial building in the world, according to Lafarge.

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June Construction Jumps 6 Percent

New construction starts in June advanced 6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $549.7 billion, the highest level so far in 2014, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. Nonresidential building strengthened after pulling back in May, with the lift coming from the start of several large manufacturing plant projects. Modest gains in June were also reported for housing and nonbuilding construction (public works and electric utilities). New highway construction starts in June improved 6 percent.

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Nonmetallic Mineral Products Index Increases

The nonmetallic mineral products leading index increased 1.0 percent to 238.1 in June from a revised 235.7 in May, and its six-month smoothed growth rate increased to 5.4 percent from a revised 4.0 percent in May, according to USGS.

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EPA Rescinding Valid Clean Water Permits

A decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke a valid Clean Water Act (CWA) permit from a mining operation in West Virginia could have ripple effects on the ability of public agencies and private firms to deliver urgently-needed transportation-improvement projects for the nation, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) First Vice Chairman Nick Ivanoff, president and CEO of New York-based Ammann & Whitney, told members of Congress.

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