Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • MINE OWNER WILL ASK U.S. SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE IF EPA CAN VETO EXISTING DREDGE AND FILL PERMIT

    Members rely on Clean Water Act permits to operate… The D.C. Court of Appeals on July 25 denied Mingo Logan Coal Company’s petition to rehear en banc its recent decision upholding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority to block projects permitted by Army Corps of Engineers’ permits “whenever” the agency finds harm….

    Posted 7/31/13 at 6:00 PM

  • BUILDING AMERICA'S FUTURE RELEASE APP TO REPORT NEEDED ROAD REPAIRS TO CONGRESS

    Building America’s Future, the transportation infrastructure advocacy group founded by former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.), former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), has unveiled a new app for your smart phone and tablet that allows you to contact your U.S. senators and representative to report roads, bridges and transit…

    Posted 7/31/13 at 5:57 PM

  • BUILDING AMERICA’S FUTURE RELEASE APP TO REPORT NEEDED ROAD REPAIRS TO CONGRESS

    Building America’s Future, the transportation infrastructure advocacy group founded by former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.), former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), has unveiled a new app for your smart phone and tablet that allows you to contact your U.S. senators and representative to report roads, bridges and transit…

    Posted 7/31/13 at 5:57 PM

  • LANGUAGE TO MAINTAIN USGS MINERAL REPORTS INCLUDED IN HOUSE INTERIOR APPROPS COMMITTEE REPORT

    The House Appropriations Committee began July 31 marking up the FY’14 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies spending bill, which includes funding cuts for both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey.  However, the committee report will include language, inserted by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), supporting the USGS’s National Minerals Information Center (a.k.a….

    Posted 7/31/13 at 5:56 PM

  • EPW COMMITTEE HOLDS DAY LONG HEARING ON TSCA REFORM

    In response to the introduction of the Lautenberg-Vitter Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (S.1009), with 20 bipartisan cosponsors and now 25 cosponsors, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has scheduled a hearing on TSCA reform entitled “Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats.” A total of three panels…

    Posted 7/31/13 at 5:54 PM

  • SENATE EPW COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN KICK OFF REAUTHORIZATION CAMPAIGN

    Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) held a press conference July 25 to tout the three million jobs that would be lost if Congress fails to act to fill the Highway Trust Fund shortfall at the expiration of MAP-21. She discussed the “Dear Colleague” letter that she, Commerce Chairman John Rockefeller…

    Posted 7/31/13 at 5:53 PM

  • SENATE AND HOUSE SET TO PASS FY’14 TRANSPORTATION SPENDING BILLS

    Congress will begin five-week summer recess Aug. 2… The U.S. Senate continued consideration this week of its FY’14 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill (S.1243), the spending measure covering nearly all U.S. Department of Transportation programs, with the goal of voting for final passage as early as July 31. The $54 billion bill…

    Posted 7/31/13 at 5:43 PM

  • Expressing Support for H.R. 2542, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013

    We are writing to express our support for H.R. 2542, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013. This bipartisan legislation would reform the regulatory process to ensure that all federal agencies appropriately consider the impact of their rules on small businesses across America.

    Posted 7/30/13 at 5:53 PM

  • Senate Committee Chairmen Press for Action to Assure Highway Trust Fund Solvency

    Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) held a press conference today calling on her colleagues to preserve 3 million jobs in jeopardy due to severe funding shortfalls at the expiration of the current law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, if Congress fails to act. Boxer was joined…

    Posted 7/26/13 at 7:41 PM

  • MSHA Signals Favorable Movement on Several Issues in Tech Task Force Meeting

    In a July 15 meeting of the MSHA-NSSGA Alliance’s Technical Task Force, U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration officials signaled moves toward operator-friendly positions on a number of key issues.

    Posted 7/26/13 at 7:01 PM