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NSSGA Testifies Against MSHA's Civil Penalties Proposal

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) voiced strong opposition to a number of provisions in a proposed rule that calls for increased federal penalties for alleged mine safety violations and limits an operator’s ability to contest such fines. NSSGA testified Dec. 4 at the first of several U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) hearings on the proposed civil penalty changes near Washington, D.C. The association said it will echo similar concerns at a second hearing in Denver, Dec. 9, and at upcoming hearings announced today.

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ARTBA Forecasts Modest 2015 Growth

The U.S. transportation construction market will grow 3.1 percent from $185.9 billion in 2014 to $191.7 billion in 2015, according to a forecast released December 3 by American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black. This is slightly above anticipated growth in the overall economy – U.S. Gross Domestic Product is expected to grow between 2.6 and three percent, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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