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Wisconsin County May Ban Blasting

The Ashland County, Wis., Board may vote on an ordinance banning the use of explosives if it disturbs asbestos in rock formations. That includes the proposed iron ore mine site in the Penokee Range, according to the Superior Telegram.

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Lehigh Seeking New Provisions

Changes to the Carroll County, Md., code regarding mining operations have been described as clarifications by Lehigh Cement Co., but some residents have argued the changes could have a significant impact on their community, according to the Baltimore Sun. A draft of the proposed changes now in front of the Board of Carroll County Commissioners for final approval is said to represent a compromise.

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Wait ‘Till Next Year

By Bradford T. Hammock

Enforcement, Training and Outreach Are Among The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s 2014 Priorities.

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Construction Materials Firms Issue Health Product Declaration

CarbonCure Technologies Inc. and Chicago-based Northfield Block, a division of Oldcastle APG, have issued the first Health Product Declaration (HPD) for any concrete product in North America. This groundbreaking document reveals the health impacts of one of Northfield’s most popular products, Trendstone Sandstone, made with the CarbonCure technology, which is manufacturing using waste carbon dioxide (CO2).

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