Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • State Training Grants Program

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA believes that safety and health training is an important tool in the arsenal of resources available to safeguard the well being of the miner.  As such, NSSGA fully, completely and unconditionally supports such training throughout the workforce.  A fully funded state grants program offers a cost effective means for delivering safety and…

    Posted 11/19/12 at 7:53 PM

  • Mine Safety Legislation

    NSSGA POSITION Aggregates work force safety and health is a primary concern for the aggregates industry and industry’s commitment is evidenced by an ever-improving record of reducing injury incidence rates.   Ensuring worker safety and health is not just good business; it is the right thing to do.  While even one fatality is unacceptable, the…

    Posted 11/19/12 at 7:51 PM

  • MSHA Enforcement

    NSSGA POSITION The commitment demonstrated by stone, sand and gravel operators to workforce safety and health is unmistakable.  In 2010, the industry attained a total injury incidence rate of just 2.33 injuries per 200,000 hours worked.  Not only was this a record low, but it was also the tenth consecutive year in which the industry…

    Posted 11/19/12 at 7:49 PM

  • Crystalline Silica Rulemaking

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA members are committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment for aggregates industry workers.  We believe that silica-related diseases are preventable by maintaining workplace exposures below the current Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limits (PELs).  Better compliance with and more effective…

    Posted 11/19/12 at 7:47 PM

  • Tort Reform

    NSSGA POSITION The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association supports enactment of meaningful tort reform measures that will help the civil justice system more equitably balance the interest of plaintiffs and defendants, and will help the civil justice system send clear signals about what type of conduct will subject defendants to liability.  NSSGA supports legislation…

    Posted 11/19/12 at 7:44 PM

  • Wetlands – Clean Water Act Section 404

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA supports legislation to amend the Clean Water Act “CWA” to include specific language to reform the current Section 404 wetlands program. Section 404 does a poor job of protecting important wetlands and over-regulates lands where minimal or no real wetland values are involved. It is often used to stop growth of any…

    Posted 11/19/12 at 7:43 PM

  • Quality Workforce

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA is leading the way in the development of tools that will build a quality workforce for our membership and the entire industry network in the over 10,000 construction aggregates operations nationwide.  NSSGA supports increased investment in the nation’s transportation infrastructure and industry-led safety, health, and training programs, which are paramount to building,…

    Posted 11/19/12 at 7:42 PM

  • Total Maximum Daily Loads – Clean Water Act

    NSSGA POSITION The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program has the potential to affect adversely aggregates mining operations in at least two ways. Aggregates facilities that have proactively instituted no-discharge or recycled waste water systems may find their allowable permitted discharge limits allocated to other industrial sources that actively discharge into the same receiving stream…

    Posted 11/19/12 at 7:41 PM

  • Preservation of Davis Bacon Materialman Exemption

    NSSGA POSITION The Davis Bacon Act artificially inflates construction wages of federal and federally-aided construction projects.  NSSGA supports preservation of the “materialman” exemption for construction materials, including aggregates, which is vital to the preservation of economic stability in the industry.   BACKGROUND The Davis Bacon Act was passed in 1931 and established wage scales (“prevailing…

    Posted 11/19/12 at 7:40 PM

  • Sustainability

    NSSGA POSITION The members of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association identify sustainability as a business approach that integrates environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity to ensure the long-term supply of aggregates materials to society.  NSSGA recognizes that sustainable practices are necessary today to preserve the potential for a quality life for future…

    Posted 11/19/12 at 7:38 PM