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NSSGA LEARNS OF SOME NEW QUESTIONS ON PART 46

NSSGA recently heard from an operator about a new U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration inspector questioning operators about Part 46. NSSGA is canvassing safety and health professionals to find out if this issue has occurred elsewhere. Specifically, MSHA inspectors have been asking whether Part 46 Written Training Plans specify topics in the “Prevention of Accidents”…

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Posted 4/16/14 at 7:25 PM

SECOND FATALITY OCCURS IN AGGREGATES SECTOR

At the end of March, an aggregates operator employee working at a Norfolk, Va., sand and gravel operation was injured when he was struck by a section of plastic pipe as it was being moved by an excavator.  The victim was transported to a hospital where he died three days later.  This is the aggregates…

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Posted 4/16/14 at 7:09 PM

OSHA ANNOUNCES DEADLINES FOR POST-HEARING SUBMISSIONS ON PROPOSED SILICA STANDARD

Following three weeks of public hearings in March and April, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week announced dates by which silica hearing participants must submit post-hearing comments and briefs relative to the agency’s proposed standard on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Post-hearing submissions are optional. OSHA’s announcement is important to NSSGA and…

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Posted 4/16/14 at 6:51 PM

SCIENCE REPORT BOLSTERING EPA’S WATER RULE QUESTIONED

The independent group of scientists reviewing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Draft Connectivity Report  has issued a draft report of its review of EPA’s science used to underpin their recently proposed Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule.  If finalized as-is, this rule would allow the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate geographically…

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Posted 4/16/14 at 6:50 PM

“BANKRUPTCY BEYOND THE POTHOLES” BY THE NY TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD

In case you missed this editorial April 13, attached is a link to a “pro-gas-tax-increase” piece from The New York Times Editorial Board. Congress is lurching toward its standard emergency, edge-of-the-cliff deal for the federal Highway Trust Fund, which could run short of money as early as August. The fund pays for the nation’s vitally…

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Posted 4/16/14 at 6:45 PM

DOT RELEASES LATEST DATA ON STATUS OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

The Congressional Budget Office released the latest status of the Highway Trust Fund April 15.  CBO estimates that both the highway account and the transit account of the trust fund will end the fiscal year with a positive balance, but not enough to meet obligations.  The highway account must have $4 billion cash on hand to…

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Posted 4/16/14 at 6:37 PM

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The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association is the leading voice and advocate for the aggregates industry. We advance public policies that protect and expand the safe, environmentally responsible use of aggregates that build America’s infrastructure and economy.

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