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New Home Sales Rise to Highest Level This Year

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 6.7 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 689,000 units after a downwardly revised April report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the second-highest sales report since the Great Recession.

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EPA Video Targets Best Practices in Permitting

In support of the Trump administration’s efforts to expedite infrastructure projects, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Smart Sectors program released a video, "Best Practices in Permitting," highlighting best practices in environmental permitting. The video, which was developed to encourage replication for other permitting projects, features The Boeing Company, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy, Open Space Institute and Lowcountry Land Trust.

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Hillhead Attendance Up; Product Introductions Abound

The Hillhead show in Buxton, England, is notorious for its bad weather, but this year's show featured sunny days, and plenty of activity according to Rock Products' Jeff Draycott, reporting live from the show. 

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MSHA Reports Fifth Fatality of the Year

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on June 13, a 65-year-old truck driver with four years of experience was fatally injured when his truck traveled over a berm and into an impoundment of water. Divers recovered the victim in 20 ft. of water.

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MSHA Seeking Data on Technologies to Improve Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced it is seeking data on technologies that can improve safety conditions for America’s miners. MSHA’s Request for Information (RFI) focuses on reducing accidents involving mobile equipment at surface mines, and belt conveyors at surface and underground mines. The RFI is available at the Federal Register.

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