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NLBMDA commends introduction of legislation to reform EPA lead rule
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The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association commended Sen. Jim Inhofe for introducing legislation to reform EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule to reduce the burdens of the rule on the home remodeling and retrofit market, while maintaining protections for pregnant women and small children from lead hazards. More

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Lumber tops commodity futures as Chinese demand may climb
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Lumber futures that surged more than any other commodity in February may extend a rally to a 10-month high as China boosts imports and U.S. housing recovers, researcher Wood Resources International said. Prices have gained 11 percent since the end of January, the most among 35 raw materials tracked by the Rogers International Commodity Index. More

Pending home sales add to year's hopeful start
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In a promising start to the new year, more potential home buyers signed contracts recently, according to the National Association of Realtors, whose monthly Pending Home Sales Index rose 2 percent compared to December and was up 8 percent year-over-year. The reading is the highest seen since April 2010, when the home buyer tax credit gave the index a temporary lift. More

Gas hike: Driving lumber prices up?
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Truckers are now paying as much as $200 more to fill up fuel tanks than a year ago. Not surprisingly, higher fuel and freight costs have become a frequent topic of conversation in the hardwood industry. An upper Midwest contact said higher freight costs are "tempering the prices we can command," and several sellers noted difficulty finding containers at reasonable prices for shipments to the West Coast. More

The Clean Water Act's impact on project development
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Working through a project that involves federal, state and local land use laws can be complicated and tedious. The Clean Water Act and state water quality laws must be considered during planning, development and implementation of a construction project. In addition to stormwater permitting, the potential for future pollutant discharge, the presence of wetlands or other jurisdictional waters and the quality of receiving waters can significantly impact project siting and development. More

How green are today's modular homes?
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For more than 100 years, modular has been touted as the next big thing in home building. But neither companies as practical as Sears Roebuck, nor architects as visionary as Frank Lloyd Wright — who introduced a line of prefabricated houses — have been able to make a promising idea an everyday American reality. The gathering green revolution may change that. More

Material tracking, evolved
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How do you manage 9,000 tons of structural steel, 1,600 tons of platework and 25 kilometers of piping on a mine construction project that will ultimately supply coal for 40 years to an adjacent power station? On large projects such as this, radio-frequency identification, GPS and barcodes can lend a helping hand in keeping track of materials. More

Wood panel consumption to reach 336M cubic meters by 2017
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Wood panels, during the past few years, have gained mileage as a preferred material for decorative purposes in claddings, floorings, roof sheathing, internal linings, ceilings and construction purposes. The global market for wood panels witnessed heavy declines in terms of consumption during the years 2008 and 2009, on account of the global economic crisis having a sobering effect on the major end-use markets. More

Increased timber sales sought to fund rural counties, schools
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Proposed federal legislation would require increased timber sales in national forests to generate revenue for rural counties and schools — a plan that's at odds with other Congressional efforts to extend a decade-old program that compensates forest communities that have cut back logging. More

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 Across New Jersey

Newark gets 1st new supermarket in decades
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NEWARK — The largest city in New Jersey recently opened its first new supermarket in decades. Newark officials opened the "Food Depot Supermarket," calling the 30,000-square-foot store a shining example of redevelopment. Amazing that the poorest people in the state still struggle to have low-cost food options, while affluent New Jerseyans have easy access to 10-gallon jars of mayonnaise down every stretch of suburban highway. Kudos to Brick City Development Corp. for enticing this much-needed supermarket to open in Newark.

Logging on for discount healthcare
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TRENTON — As New Jersey falls in line behind national healthcare reform, a big step is to create a statewide health insurance exchange — akin to an "" But instead of comparison shopping for airfare and hotel, you will soon be using the Internet to find low-cost health insurance for your business or family. The Senate held a hearing on the bill to form the exchange. There's no question an exchange is valuable — just as long as your health insurance broker is still guiding the ship and ensuring you aren't wasting hundreds of dollars each month through the exchange on coverage you don't need and can't afford.

Bill could control Port's freebie bills
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BRIDGES & TUNNELS — Stunning that it takes legislative action to stop the commissioners and staff of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from zipping through free tolls, accepting free sports tickets, living it up on expense accounts and other inappropriate perks. A bill heard by the Senate's Transportation Committee highlighted all the freebies in the patronage pit known as the Port Authority, with the hopes that new restrictions will finally control rampant spending and, maybe, finally, control tolls on the bridges and tunnels the agency oversees.

Wall Street gives Christie's budget harsh second look
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TRENTON — Expect Gov. Chris Christie's budget crunchers to remove their rose-colored glasses and take a harder look at the revenue projections for fiscal 2013, after Wall Street has recently shredded the governor's proposed $32.1 billion spending plan. The major issue is the aggressive revenue estimates, with the governor's finance folks praying for 7 percent growth. S&P, the first major credit-rating agency to analyze Christie's proposal, also notes the budget is filled with one-shot revenue sources, the $300-million surplus is too small and the thirsty pension fund needs plenty more cash.

Breaking up Newark university could be hard to do
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NEWARK — Mayor Cory Booker said he is gearing up to fight Gov. Chris Christie's plan to break apart the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, vowing to file a lawsuit or force some legislative action to keep critical resources in the state's largest city, the Record reports. It seems this battle needed to be waged and won before Christie went public with the plan, as it would now be embarrassing for the governor to begin unraveling a tightly packaged plan. Of concern is the plan would water down UMDNJ, replacing it in Newark with a smaller health sciences university. Booker, and many others in Newark, don't want to see power redirected out of the city, as part of the university restructuring. Good to see Booker in the battle. But is it too late?

State to tackle teacher tenure, push school vouchers
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TRENTON — The Senate's Education Committee soon will be gearing up to tackle teacher tenure. Meanwhile, Christie recently slammed NJEA boss Vincent Giordano on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" for his now-famous remarks that "life is not fair," in dismissing low-income kids in New Jersey stuck in terrible schools. Christie told MSNBC that so-called voucher programs, like the Opportunity Scholarship Act, will be pushed through this year to help these students get a quality education.

Newark schools head: At-risk children can succeed
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FORT LEE — Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson also recently appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and was asked why she was willing to take such a job. She explained it was an opportunity to show that low-income and minority children can succeed at high levels — prompting some nice applause. Smartly, with Gov. Chris Christie's eyes squarely on her, she noted the importance of support from the city and state.

Municipalities to Christie: You owe us $700 million
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STATEWIDE — The municipalities strike back, calling on Gov. Chris Christie to cough up about $700 million in revenue they believe should be in the hands of local government. At issue is Christie's insistence on using energy tax receipts to balance the state budget, which the New Jersey League of Municipalities argues is the property of local towns, PolitickerNJ reports.

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