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Proposed Cemex Quarry Under Fire from California Officials

Congressman Steve Knight (R-Calif.) has called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny Cemex the permits it needs to mine in Soledad Canyon, Calif., according to a report in the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. The congressman wrote a letter to Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commanding general and chief of engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging the agency to deny Cemex the permits. Democratic Congressional peers Judy Chu, (D-Pasadena) and Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) also signed onto the letter.

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Congress Passes Yet Another Transportation Extension

On July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an $8 billion short-term patch (H.R. 3038) to authorize the surface transportation programs through Dec. 18, 2015.

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Critical Minerals Bill Includes Aggregates

A bill to ease permitting for domestic mines providing strategic and critical minerals, which includes aggregates used in infrastructure projects, advanced last week in Congress despite partisan objections, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

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