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MSHA Extends Two Comment Periods

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) agreed to a longer comment period on two regulatory items. One proposed regulation would require workplace examinations before work begins and operators to document any hazards found, and the other is MSHA’s request for information on exposure to diesel exhaust in underground operations, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

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NSSGA Warns EPA on Risk Assessment Process

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) submitted preliminary comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning a forthcoming process that the agency will use to conduct chemical risk assessments. This process will determine if and how EPA will attempt to further regulate common rock dust.

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FAA Ready for Drone Rule Avalanche

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is bracing for major activity resulting from its first operational rules for routine commercial use of drones. The rule goes into effect Aug. 29. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. More than 3,300 prospective operators are seeking FAA credentials, the agency said.

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Natural Resource Partners Touts VantaCore Aggregates Segment

Natural Resource Partners reported net income from continuing operations attributable to the limited partners for the three months ended June 30, 2016, of $47.7 million, or $3.90 per unit, an increase of $13.3 million, from $34.4 million, or $2.82 per unit, a year earlier.

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SME Releases 2016 Minerals Baby

The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) released the iconic “Minerals Baby” for 2016 that reflects an increase of more than 15,000 lb. per capita usage when compared with the previous year’s statistics. MEC annually calculates the amount of minerals and energy fuels that are consumed in the average lifetime of an American born in the current year.

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