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MSHA REVISES OVERLY STRINGENT WORKPLACE INSPECTION GUIDANCE

After hearing concerns from NSSGA and other industry groups, MSHA revised new requirements for compliance with the workplace exams standard in Program Policy Letter (PPL) 30 CFR §§ 56/57.18002. The previous PPL would have further expanded the tasks required in workplace exams and the training required for examiners. Given the sweeping nature of what is covered in…

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Posted 7/27/15 at 1:32 PM

HOUSE PASSES COAL ASH BILL

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act,” H.R. 1734, which grants states the authority to regulate the coal ash produced from burning coal to generate electricity. Coal ash is often utilized as a component in the manufacture of concrete. The bill passed on July 22 by a margin of…

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Posted 7/24/15 at 2:35 PM

NEW NSSGA EFFORT TO URGE CONGRESS TO PASS SIX YEAR HIGHWAY BILL

AggregatesInAction.org ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 24, 2015 – The U.S. Senate is currently debating a six-year transportation bill to fund much-needed infrastructure projects around the country, and a vote could come as early as next week. In order to help those in the aggregates industry voice their support of this bill and future legislative issues, the…

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Posted 7/24/15 at 11:10 AM

Aggregates in Action

  Congress needs to solve the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) crisis and enact a six-year surface transportation authorization bill. If Congress doesn’t fulfill its obligation to properly fund the nation’s critical infrastructure, states will have to increase gas taxes to make up the difference. Click here to see what that increase would be in every…

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Posted 7/23/15 at 12:07 PM

AGG INDUSTRY ACTION STILL REQUIRED AS SENATE TAKES UP HIGHWAY BILL

FINAL SENATE VOTE EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK: The Senate voted to proceed to debate and consider amendments to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act by a vote of 62-36 on June 22. The DRIVE Act would extend the funding for surface transportation programs for six years, although only three…

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Posted 7/23/15 at 10:52 AM

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE ADVANCES TAX EXTENSIONS

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee approved a $95 billion package that renewed 52 temporary tax breaks through 2016. Of specific interest to aggregate producers, the tax breaks include reinstating the 50 percent bonus depreciation and higher Section 179 expensing levels for small businesses. When these tax breaks expired on Jan. 1, 2015, Section 179 expensing…

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Posted 7/23/15 at 9:00 AM

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