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Martin Marietta: Behind the Numbers

RR043019 MartinMariettalogoOct. 29, 2019 – Martin Marietta, which posted record revenue for the third quarter, said that its aggregates business is up more than 12%. Third-quarter aggregates shipments by end use are as follows versus the prior-year quarter: 

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No 'Mo WOTUS

RR022519 EnvironmentOct. 24, 2019 – The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) expected withdrawal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule appeared in the federal register this week. With an effective date of Dec. 23, 2019, the 2015 WOTUS rule will be no longer be in effect in any part of the U.S., barring a legal stay. This withdrawal is the first part of a two-step process. The EPA issued a proposed WOTUS rule in December 2018 to replace the 2015 rule. The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) supports many of the improvements EPA made in the 2018 proposal. The final replacement rule should appear in late 2019 or early 2020.

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Pay for It Yourself

RR052319 HighwayBillOct. 23, 2019 – Is this what it has come to with the federal government? White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow told attendees at North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., "We’ll cut red tape for you, but don’t expect a check from us. Folks, we will give you the permits, if you can figure out how to pay for it, go on ahead and do it.” In the speech, Kudlow emphasized that President Donald Trump is focused on deregulation and speeding up federal permitting to kickstart rail, airport and other infrastructure projects. However, Trump campaigned in 2016 on a promise for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. It is not acceptable to abdicate responsibility for our deteriorating roads and bridges!

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Robots and Drones in Underground Aggregates

RR102119 WVUlogoOctober 21, 2019 – Injuries and deaths caused by roof collapses and falling debris, common culprits for underground mine accidents, could be prevented by the unlikely force of robots and drones, thanks to the work of West Virginia University (WVU) engineers. 

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New Transloading Terminal

RR101619 RailtoRoadLogoOct. 16, 2019 – Local Chamber of Commerce representatives conducted a ribbon cutting at a new Rail to Road transloading agate terminal southwest of Worthington, Minn., according to The Globe. Operational since late April, the transloading facility brings in rail cars from the Union Pacific and Ellis & Eastern railways on a pair of 1,250-ft. rail spurs. Clark Meyer, president of Rail to Road Inc., said that most of the product brought in by rail during the past five months has been portland cement. The transloading facility features a loading pit, bucket elevator (augering system) and three overhead silos that each hold 300 tons of product. Once the rail cars are unloaded, semi tractor-trailers arrive to pick up the product and deliver it to area businesses. Dan Kippley, economic and business development director for Rail to Road, said each rail car holds the equivalent of about four semi trailer loads of material.

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