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EPA Will Not Regulate Fly-Ash As Hazardous Material

The Obama administration announced the first federal regulations for disposal of fly-ash from power plants in an attempt to shield the environment from the toxic substance, however it will not define fly-ash a "hazardous material."
The new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets structural integrity standards for all existing and new disposal sites to reduce the chances that they will leak or break. It also requires that new fly-ash ponds be lined and not located in sensitive areas like wetlands and earthquake zones.

 

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Lehigh Hanson Announces Quarry Life Award Winners

Lehigh Hanson Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of HeidelbergCement, is announced the 2014 Quarry Life Award winners for North America. The Quarry Life Award program is HeidelbergCement’s international research and education competition focusing on mining sites and the need to raise awareness about the biological value of mineral extraction sites worldwide.

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Housing Production Falls 1.6 Percent in November

Following an upwardly revised rate last month, housing starts in November slipped 1.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.028 million units, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Three-month moving averages for total and single-family production were at their highest levels since the Great Recession.

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Vulcan Touts Land Management Successes

Responsible land management is integral to sustaining Vulcan Material’s success, according to the company. “We strive to achieve a balance between the value we create through our mining activities and the value created when it’s time for our properties’ next use,” the company said.

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November Construction Jumps 13 Percent

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $677.8 billion, new construction starts in November climbed 13 percent from the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction). Nonresidential building had a particularly strong month, lifted by the start of several unusually large projects, including two massive manufacturing plants and an airport terminal redevelopment. The nonbuilding construction sector also contributed to the latest month’s surge, boosted by a liquefied natural gas facility.

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