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McCarthy Confirmed

MccarthyJuly 19, 2013 – Environmental Protection Agency official Gina McCarthy won Senate confirmation to head the agency in a 59 to 40 vote.

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Boy Scout Mining Merit Badge in Development

SMEJuly 15, 2013 – Mining and the Boy Scouts would not normally go together, but pretty soon, the two will have a great working relationship. The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration announced that it has obtained approval to be the lead organization for the development of a new Boy Scout Merit Badge.

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Switching Sides

July 8, 2013 – Rock Products' legal editors are moving to a new firm! Attorneys Henry Chajet, Mark Savit, Brian Hendrix, Robert Horn and Avi Meyerstein have moved to Jackson Lewis, one of the nation’s most prestigious workplace law firms. They have joined forces with Jackson Lewis’ 750+ attorneys practicing in 53 locations throughout the United States.

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Bored with Wallboard

lafargenaJuly 1, 2013 – In keeping with its previously announced strategy to focus on its core businesses: cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete, Lafarge announces the sale of its subsidiary's North American Gypsum assets at an enterprise value of $700 million to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds.

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Nonfuel Minerals Mining Stays Level

usgsJune 25, 2013 – According to USGS, total domestic mining and waste removal for nonfuel mineral materials production amounted to 5.04 billion metric tons (gt) in 2011, about the same level as the revised figure for 2010. These materials included about 3.75 gt of crude ore mined or quarried and 1.29 gt of mine ore and waste from development operations. Of the nonfuel mineral materials (ore and waste) removed, 49 percent was for the production of industrial minerals, and 51 percent was for the production of metals.

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