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Silica Rule Is Regulatory Overkill

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will soon publish a final workplace exposure standard for crystalline silica that will cut the permissible exposure limit in half. The final rule was recently issued by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

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AGG1 Breaks Records in Nashville

NOTD Agg1 150The 2016 AGG1 Academy & Expo broke records for attendance, exhibit and education numbers, according to show organizers the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). The event was held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., March 22-24, in conjunction with the World of Asphalt.

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February Construction Starts Rise 10 Percent

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $667.6 billion, new construction starts in February advanced 10 percent compared to the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

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Aggregates Production Increased 6 Percent in 2015

The estimated annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2015 was 2.28 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 6 percent compared with that of 2014, according to Jason Willett, crushed-stone commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

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