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Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Delayed by Shutdown

The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act) requires the Department of Labor, including MSHA, to annually adjust its civil monetary penalty levels for inflation no later than Jan. 15 of each year. Adjustments are made by issuing a final rule that is effective on its date of publication in the Federal Register. 

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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up 1.3 Percent in 2018

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 28.4 million tons in 2018, an increase of 1.3 percent compared to 2017, reported the Lake Carriers’ Association. 2018’s loadings were also 2.8 percent above the trade’s five-year average. 

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Federal Shutdown Impacting Project Planning for State DOTs

As the partial shutdown of the federal government over border wall funding stretches past 20 days, some state departments of transportation are beginning to curtail planning for new projects while several mass transit systems are scrambling as many rely on federal grants for both operating revenues and capital funding, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

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Proposed Drone Rules Would Cover Flights Over Populated Areas; Night Use

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao outlined a proposal that would allow drones to operate over populated areas and end a requirement for special permits for night use: long-awaited moves that are expected to help speed commercial use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the United States. 

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Chamber President Calls for Gas Tax Increase

Every year, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue outlines the top challenges facing the business community and lays out the U.S. Chamber’s policy priorities for the year. Infrastructure was front and center in Donahue's most-current remarks, which he made on Jan. 10.

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