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Construction Starts in 2016 Advance Only 1 Percent

For all of 2016, total construction starts advanced 1 percent to $676.5 billion, a considerably smaller gain than the 11 percent increase reported for 2015, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. If the volatile manufacturing plant and electric utility/gas plant categories are excluded, total construction starts in 2016 would be up 4 percent, depicting a more gradual deceleration relative to the corresponding 9 percent increase in 2015.

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New Construction Starts in December Slide 5 Percent

New construction starts in December slipped 5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $613.0 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The latest month’s decline for total construction was due to sharply reduced activity for the nonbuilding construction sector, reflecting further erosion by public works as well as a steep plunge by the electric utility/gas plant category. At the same time, nonresidential building in December held steady with its November pace, and residential building was able to register moderate growth.

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Supreme Court Agrees to hear WOTUS Petition

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) coalition petition regarding the proper venue for the multi-industry case against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule on Jan. 13.

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Vulcan's Irwindale Facility Achieves ISO 14001 Re-Certification

The Western Division of Vulcan Materials Co. has been recognized by The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) with 14001 recertification for its Reliance facility, located in Irwindale, Calif.

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NSSGA's Johnson Pens Letter to Trump

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) President and CEO Michael W. Johnson penned a letter to incoming President Donald Trump. It reads:

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