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Massachusetts Producer Settles with MSHA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced a global settlement with Worcester Sand and Gravel Co. Inc., of Shrewsbury, Mass., to resolve citations and orders in three separate dockets. An administrative law judge with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission approved the settlements amounting to $181,200, the largest penalty amounts recovered from a mine operator in New England in the past decade.

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MSHA Enhancing Enforcement of ‘Rules to Live By’

In a meeting with mining industry stakeholders, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that the agency is enhancing enforcement of its “Rules to Live By” initiative of standards commonly cited following mining deaths, as well as nine underground coal mine exam rule standards for hazards that pose the greatest risk to miners in underground coal mines.

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Frac Sand Insider Conference Draws Attendees; Protestors

Rock Products held its third Frac Sand Insider conference May 10-11 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis. Almost 300 people attended the event, which was highlighted by an educational program, expo and social events.

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Lafarge Quarry, Local Students Release Salmon Into River

NOTD LAFARGELafarge North America’s Presque Isle Quarry (a member of LafargeHolcim), in partnership with Rogers City Middle School in Rogers City, Mich., recently released nearly 200 juvenile salmon, known as salmon fry, into the Trout River in Presque Isle County. This project was part of the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Salmon in the Classroom Program.

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TRIP Laments Deplorable Condition of Wisconsin Roads

Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack desirable safety features cost Wisconsin motorists a total of $6 billion statewide annually – as much as $2,072 per driver in the state’s larger urban areas – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays.

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