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EPA to TWEAK, NOT WITHDRAW, WATERS RULE

EPA’s Administrator Gina McCarthy reiterated at a Feb. 26 House Appropriations hearing that the agency intends to release an altered Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule this spring.  She confirmed that the final rule will differ significantly from the original draft. McCarthy had hinted at the changes during a joint House-Senate hearing Feb. 4. She…

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Posted 3/3/15 at 1:39 PM

FLOODPLAIN EXECUTIVE ORDER COULD FURTHER MUDDY WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

President Obama signed Executive Order 13690 Jan. 30, which updates a 1977 EO that required federal agencies to do what they can to preserve the nation’s floodplains – areas subject to a 1 percent chance or greater of flooding in any given year (100-year floodplain) – and limit their development and activities in floodplains where…

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Posted 3/3/15 at 10:03 AM

PMD Newsline Regulatory Topics Box Score

A monthly update of  key air and water issues that NSSGA is following for PMD members follows: Topic Agency Action NSSGA Effort Upcoming Action NAAQS-Particulate Matter PM10 standard =150  ug/m3 and PM 2.5 = 12 ug/m3 NSSGA provided comment on the previous proposed rule EPA has started the next NAAQS review process and will have…

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Posted 3/2/15 at 2:44 PM

EPW HIGHWAYS HEARING AIMS FOR OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY PERSPECTIVE

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing Feb. 25 on surface transportation reauthorization with a focus on obtaining an “outside the Beltway” perspective. During the course of the hearing, Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and ranking member Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., pushed congressional financing committees to finding the funding needed for a long-term bill….

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Posted 2/27/15 at 6:15 PM

USGS: AGGREGATES PRODUCTION UP 7 PERCENT IN 2014

According to final figures released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the projected annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2014 was 2.17 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 7 percent compared to 2013. In the final quarter of 2014, an estimated 540 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates…

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Posted 2/27/15 at 4:01 PM

MSHA Moves to Boost Enforcement at Troubled Mines, Provides Tools

MSHA Administrator Joseph Main announced Feb. 25 that the agency is intensifying enforcement at mine facilities that exceed violation rates above the national average. The effort is part of the “Rules to Live By (RTLB)” program, originally implemented in 2010, to curb fatalities. Main pointedly stated that repeat offenders risk possible impact or spot inspections….

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Posted 2/26/15 at 4:38 PM

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