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MSHA Starts Enforcing Workplace Examinations Rule

On Oct. 1, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) began actively enforcing the new requirements under the Workplace Examinations Rule that technically went into effect on June 2, 2018.

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Housing Starts Up 9.2 Percent

Total housing starts increased 9.2 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.28 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

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Aggregates Production Up 7 Percent in Second Quarter

An estimated 393 million metric tons (Mt) of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2017, according to Jason Willett, crushed stone commodity specialist.

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NSSGA Legislative and Policy Forum Features EPA's Wheeler

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler welcomed the aggregates industry to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 25 during NSSGA’s Legislative and Policy Forum. Wheeler provided updates on regulatory reform and other EPA priorities, including improving the permitting process, cost-benefit analysis and transparency in regulatory science.

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August Construction Starts Fall 9 Percent

The value of new construction starts in August decreased 9 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $741.9 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The August downturn for total construction starts matched the 9 percent decline reported for July, as activity in the latest two months pulled back after the sharp increases in May (up 14 percent) and June (up 10 percent). 

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