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Nonbuilding Construction

Nonbuilding construction dropped 6 percent in October to $159.2 billion (annual rate). The decline was the result of a sharp downturn for electric utility construction, which fell 75 percent in October after experiencing a brief spike in activity during September.

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Year-to-Date Data

During the first 10 months of 2013, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis came in at $433.0 billion, up 4 percent from the same period a year ago. If the electric utility category is excluded from the year-to-date statistics, total construction starts for the first 10 months of 2013 would be up 13 percent.

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Water Withdrawal Permit Approved

State regulators say they have issued a water withdrawal permit for a mine that’s being proposed for Beaufort County, N.C. The Division of Water resources okayed the permit to Martin Marietta Materials, so it can remove up to 12 million gal. of groundwater a day for the proposed mine, according to WITN TV.

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Minnesota Quarry Permit Approved

The first rock quarry permit sought since Buffalo County, Minn., passed new mining regulations last spring has won unanimous backing by county board zoning supervisors, according to the Winona Daily Journal.

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Canadian Quarry Seeks Expansion

Lafarge Canada has registered an extension project for an environmental assessment to expand its quarry in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, while ensuring a stable supply of aggregates for the southern Nova Scotia construction industry, said Alex Kenney, general manager for Atlantic Ready Mix/Lafarge Canada Inc.

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