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MSHA Moves Closer to a Silica Rule

On Aug. 29, the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) took a step closer to an updated regulation for respirable crystalline silica. In a published Request for Information (RFI), the agency is soliciting “data and information on economically and technologically feasible best practices” to protect the health of coal miners and metal/nonmetal workers from “exposure to quartz, including a reduced [workplace exposure] standard, new or developing protective technologies, and/or technical and educational assistance.”

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Chamber Decries Roadblocks to Labor Day Travel

As summer comes to an end and Congress prepares to head back to Washington, D.C., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is continuing to urge lawmakers to pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill this year and save Americans money and time on the roads.

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ODNR’s Abandoned Mine Land Program Wins Award

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program has won the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (USDOI) Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation National Award for its work on the Dessecker Mine Project in Tuscarawas County. ODNR will be honored at the 2019 AML Reclamation Awards in Pittsburgh on Sept. 9.

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New Study Details Mining Industry Hearing Loss

A new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine is the first to examine hearing loss prevalence and risk by industry within most mining sector industries; as well as the oil and gas extraction sector.

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Another Court Strikes Down Wetlands Proposal

A federal district judge has ruled an Obama administration-era wetlands regulation fails to comply with the law, handing the 2015 directive its second defeat since May, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

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