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MSHA Announces Brookwood-Sago Grants for Mine Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $400,000 in grant funding through its Brookwood-Sago grant program to support education and training to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in, and around, the nation’s mines.

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Construction Starts Show Additional Gains in June

Total construction starts increased 6% in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $641.4 billion. This marks the second consecutive monthly gain in construction starts following the COVID-19 induced declines in March and April. In June nonresidential building starts gained 6% and starts in the nonbuilding sector moved 27% higher. Residential starts, by contrast, fell 6% during the month.

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Final NEPA Environmental Rule Released

The final National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule by the White House's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has been released. NEPA, which was signed into law on Jan. 1, 1970, requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions.

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Great Lakes Ports Report Mixed Results in June

U.S. Great Lakes ports reported mixed results in June with strong shipments of aluminum, road salt and grain but continuing decreases in commodities related to steel production and manufacturing.

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Government Regulatory Agenda Released

The federal government has released its updated agenda of pending regulations and ongoing regulatory rollbacks, according to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). The agenda does not include all expected actions, but it does provide projected dates on agency priorities for the coming year. The deadlines listed are dependent on numerous factors, and actions are regularly delayed, canceled or otherwise altered.

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