Questionable Study Raises Health Concerns for Sand and Gravel Workers

A new study by Michigan State University shows an increase in doctor visits for shortness of breath among long-term sand and gravel mine workers in the state, compared to the rate for production workers in other industries. But does the study bring up legitimate concerns or was it designed to highlight a solution to a problem that does not exist?

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Reports from Michigan and Utah

A Michigan sand and gravel mine operator has issued a stern warning to officials in rural Washtenaw County after suffering a setback in its pursuit of permits for a new mine on 400 acres of farmland, according to Michigan Live. In a March 30 letter, an attorney for Michigan Materials & Aggregate Co., also known as Stoneco, threatened legal action…

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Considering Manufactured Sand

All Over The World There Are Signs That Sand Shortages Will Be a Reality. Is It Time To Get Serious About Manufactured Sand? By John Googins This is the third in a three-part series on manufactured sand. This article focuses on product gradation. – Ed. Since you all have different material sources, sand, gravel, quarry, limestone, granite, quartzite, basalt, etc.,…

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LSU Researchers Advance Work in Bendable Concrete

In 2019, researchers from Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management advanced their research into Engineered Cementitious Composites, or “bendable concrete,” by adding a new ingredient to the recipe and replacing the fine river sand used with sugarcane bagasse ash (SCBA).

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USGS Publication Notes Average Sand and Gravel Price

Aug. 27, 2020 – The U.S. Geological Survey just released its 2017 Minerals Yearbook chapter for construction sand and gravel. Yeah, they are a year behind, they should be reporting analysis of 2018 data right now, according to Commodity Specialist Jason Willett. But that’s okay. Total production has been reported previously, but interesting in the report is pricing information. In 2017, 941 construction sand and gravel operations…

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Sand and Gravel Prices

June 29, 2020 – According to Deni Koenhemsi, senior economist ECR, Pricing and Purchasing for IHS Markit, “Sand and gravel prices very much stand out from other commodities, which have registered sizeable price drops in April and May. Although in year-over-year terms, escalation is slowing down; the sand and gravel prices do not show the effects of the pandemic.”  

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