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MSHA Reports Electrical Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Aug. 7, a plant electrician with 15 years of mining experience was electrocuted when he contacted an energized connection of a 4,160 VAC electrical circuit. The victim was in the plant’s Motor Control Center (MCC) adjusting the linkage between the disconnect lever and the internal components of the panel supplying power to the plant feed belt motors.

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New Hours of Service Rules Proposed

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued its long-awaited notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) to replace the current Hours-of-Service (HOS) standards that regulate when a heavy-duty truck can be in operation. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register Aug. 14 and will be available for public comment for the next 45 days.

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Athabasca Positions Itself for the Future

Athabasca Minerals Inc. announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, including six-month aggregates sales revenue of CDN $980,000.

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New Endangered Species Act Rules Coming

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) on Aug. 12 announced changes to rules implementing parts of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This is a positive step that will increase transparency and effectiveness of the ESA and reduce overly-burdensome regulations faced by aggregates producers, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). 

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Rogue Buys Canadian Quarries

Rogue Resources Inc. has entered into agreements to acquire 100% of the Speiran and 85% of the Johnston Farm quarries from Ontario-based private companies. Going forward, Rogue will refer to these as the “Orillia” and “Bobcaygeon” quarries, respectively.

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