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Texas Legislator Files Bill to Address Concrete Crushing, Ready-Mix Plants

Texas State Senator Donna Campbell (R-District 25) filed Senate Bill 208 to extend requirements for setbacks, or buffer zones, around concrete facilities and concrete-crushing operations. If passed, the bill would double the current 440 yd. requirement between concrete plants and existing residences, schools and churches to 880 yd., or a half mile. It would also expand the zone of people eligible to request a public hearing during the permit process for aggregates operations to 880 yd. from the proposed plant.  

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NSSGA, NISA Partner to Create Industrial Sand Division

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced an agreement with the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) to create a new Industrial Sand Division (ISD) of NSSGA. Members of NISA will form the nucleus of NSSGA’s Industrial Sand Division.

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Cemex Hosts FEC Quarry’s First-Ever Quarry Quest 5k

Cemex USA held the first-ever Quarry Quest 5k race at its FEC Quarry in Miami to support nearly 38,000 South Florida Boy Scouts. Close to 350 runners and walkers participated in a timed race, following a course that weaved through FEC Quarry. 

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Hales Sand & Gravel Honored by NAPA

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) will honor Hales Sand & Gravel, a CRH company, during its annual meeting in January, as the winner of the Quality in Construction (QIC) Award for three projects it completed this year. The following projects will be recognized: SR 137 in Sanpete County, SR 28 and US 89 in Sevier and Sanpete counties, and SR 62 in Sevier and Piute counties.

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New Waters of the United States Rule Proposed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army are proposing what they call "a clear, understandable, and implementable definition of 'waters of the United States' that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act." 

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