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Simple Steps for Going Green in 2012

By Mark S. Kuhar

As we ring in the new year, here are some steps that we can all take to reduce our impact on the environment, according to Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C.; and Repurposed Materials, an organization dedicated to providing both economic and environmental solutions through the creative act of repurposing.

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Nuisance Dust Regulation Could Cost Industry Jobs

By Mark S. Kuhar

Pete Lien, president of Pete Lien & Sons, Inc., Rapid City, S.D., told the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce that impractical attempts by the federal government to control natural dust sources could cause catastrophic job losses in an industry that already has been battered by the economic downturn.

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EPA Withdraws Proposed Ozone Standards

The Sept. 2 announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrawing a proposal to prematurely tighten ozone standards was welcomed by transportation construction firms and local communities across America. If the agency had proceeded, hundreds of cities across America would have been out of compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) and, in turn, had their federal funds for highway improvements at risk.

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A Quarry Ranks Among Most-Unwanted Local Projects

Nearly 60 percent of Americans say they would oppose a new aggregate quarry project in their hometown, making it the third most-unwanted type of local development project, the 2011 Saint Index survey found.

The Saint Index is conducted annually by The Saint Consulting Group to track and quantify the politics of land use, including who actively opposes and supports real estate projects and why.

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