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Here’s Dave

In this issue, we feature an exclusive op-ed written by David G. Zatezalo, assistant secretary mine safety and health. As the head of MSHA, he has the important job of overseeing that agency’s enforcement efforts and industry outreach.

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If You Will Permit Me

Every year when we do our Benchmark Survey of aggregates producers, permitting is one of the issues that concerns survey recipients, and with good reason. There are some companies that have complained that it takes 10 to 20 years to get a permit to open a greenfield operation, a plant expansion or even to get an adjacent ready mix or asphalt plant installed.

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The Sand Man Cometh

You have all heard the international media reports about how the world is running out of sand. I have previously written about it in this space.

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Welcome Back, Aggregates Almanac

This is our second annual Aggregates Almanac issue. I may be biased here, but I maintain that this is the most valuable single issue of any magazine published for the aggregates industry in a given year.

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A Little First Quarter Perspective

The publicly traded aggregates companies released their first-quarter reports, and several items beg for a little perspective.

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