Belize Reportedly Says No Mining

Sept. 13, 2022 – The Belize government will not allow Vulcan Materials to mine near a coastal village due to environmental concerns, following reports of land purchases by the company, according to an article on BNAmericas. Sustainable development minister Orlando Habet said officials from Prime Minister John Briceño’s government made a decision that no surface mining will be permitted near Gales Point Manatee…

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California Legislature Passes Carbon Reduction Bill

Sept. 8, 2022 – According to the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) as the California legislature concluded its 2021-22 session, it passed AB 2446, The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a bill to require carbon reductions in construction materials used in buildings and homes. AB 2446 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring…

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Free Opioid Guide Provides Practical Tips, Sample Policies

By Mark S. Kuhar Miners in the aggregates industry are at an increased risk to opioid harms such as addiction and overdose. Research shows that they are more likely than other workers to be prescribed opioids for work-related pain, with prescriptions often being of a longer and higher dose than other workers.  To help industry employers create a positive difference…

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Welcome to The Aggregates Almanac

Welcome to the 2022 edition of the “Aggregates Almanac: The Ultimate Information Resource for Quarry Operators.” Published now for the sixth year in a row, feedback from our readers indicates that this publication is widely used and valued; and retained as a go-to information source. Rock Products’ Benchmark 2022 survey indicated that aggregates operators are highly interested in: Equipment upgrades.…

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Cat’s Sharon Holling to Retire

August 18, 2022 – The construction and aggregates industry trade press will see one of its most ardent supporters move on, after Sharon Holling of the Caterpillar Trade Press Relations team announced her retirement after serving more than 45 years with the company. Her help and dedication has been beneficial to me personally as a long-time aggregates industry editor, and I…

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CalPortland Seals the Deal

Aug. 11, 2022 – The I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. CalPortland announced that the purchase of the Redding cement plant and other assets from Martin Marietta Materials was successfully completed. In addition to the Redding cement plant in Northern California, the assets include related cement distribution terminals and 14 ready mixed concrete plants located in California. “We…

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Sand Batteries May Be an Energy Saver

By Mark S. Kuhar A town in Finland is using sand batteries to provide home heating during winter. Sand batteries, you say? Tens of thousands of cubic meters of sand are heated from the generation of electricity with solar panels or wind turbines. Packed tightly in insulated silos, the sand can retain this heat for months without losing it. For…

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Sustainable Solutions

Repurpose Aggregates Uses CDE Technology For Materials Reuse. By Mark S. Kuhar Based in Maryland, Repurpose Aggregates is an enterprise focused on developing aggregate materials from the innovative reuse and repurposing of leftover or discarded construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste. A product of Harford Minerals, Repurpose Aggregates is an extension of the company’s mission to create a new sustainability…

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Screening: Mastering the Art of Sizing and Separation

Strategies and Products To Accelerate Productivity And Efficiency. By Mark S. Kuhar Screening can be a bottleneck in aggregate production. Cases of quarries operating with high rates of return and contamination of materials in their screens are not uncommon, as are stoppages in times of higher humidity and rain. According to Metso Outotec, one solution is to analyze the feed…

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Vulcan’s Hill Look Ahead

Aug. 4. 2022 – In its just-released second-quarter report Vulcan Materials’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Hill looked into his crystal ball, noting, “We are updating our full-year Adjusted EBITDA guidance range to reflect the considerable pricing momentum in our aggregates business as well as higher than expected energy-related cost inflation that is currently impacting each of our segments. Additionally, our…

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