Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • SUPREME COURT DENIES PETITION IN MINE VETO CASE

    The Supreme Court of the United States has denied Mingo Logan’s Petition for Supreme Court review in Mingo Logan v. EPA. Last year, the D.C. Court of Appeals upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority to block projects previously permitted by Army Corps of Engineers’ permits “whenever” the agency finds harm. NSSGA…

    Posted 3/28/14 at 5:00 PM

  • NSSGA Senior Vice President Testifies before OSHA on Silica Rule

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 27 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s Senior Vice President of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Pam Whitted testified before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration today on the potential impacts of OSHA’s crystalline silica proposed rule. The agency’s analysis for the proposed regulation will provide the basis for a similar…

    Posted 3/27/14 at 9:14 PM

  • MAJOR U.S. COMPANIES STEP UP TO THE PLATE ON INFRASTRUCTURE

    Five leading American companies have come together to launch the Alliance for American Competitiveness, which the participants believe will help the effort toward the passage of a long-term, well-funded surface transportation bill before the expiration of MAP-21 in September 2014.  BNSF, Caterpillar, Dow Chemical, Honeywell and UPS are the founding members of AFAC and represent…

    Posted 3/26/14 at 7:00 PM

  • OSHA SILICA HEARINGS ENTER SECOND WEEK

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week continued its public hearings on the agency’s proposed standard for respirable crystalline silica. Begun Feb. 18, the hearings are OSHA’s latest attempt to gather information for the rulemaking record. The public forum is important because it provides NSSGA another opportunity to make its case with OSHA…

    Posted 3/26/14 at 5:08 PM

  • SENATE BILL INTRODUCED TO STOP EPA WATER PERMIT VETOES

    In a move related to the Supreme Court denial of certiorari on the Mingo Logan case, which was a retroactive veto of a water permit for a coal mine in West Virginia, ranking Environment and Public Works Committee Republican David Vitter (La.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) March 25 introduced legislation to stop the U.S….

    Posted 3/26/14 at 5:01 PM

  • EPA RELEASES CLEAN WATER JURISDICTIONAL RULE

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a pre-publication version of its long-delayed Clean Water Act Jurisdictional March 25. While the rule is still being evaluated by NSSGA staff, it appears to go far beyond Supreme Court and Clean Water Act limits, and EPA greatly underestimates the economic impacts of such a rule. NSSGA has worked…

    Posted 3/26/14 at 4:39 PM

  • CONFERENCE AGREEMENT ON WRDA EXPECTED BY END OF APRIL

    The Water Resources Development Act was passed by Congress in 2013, but, due to slightly different versions in the House and the Senate, has been in conference ever since. NSSGA has recently heard that the conference committee is expected to wrap up its work in time to finalize the legislation in late April or early…

    Posted 3/26/14 at 3:21 PM

  • U.S. DOT HIRES POINT-PERSON FOR ADMINISTRATION’S PUSH TO FIX HTF

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the hiring of Dan Katz, a former top staffer for the late-Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and the Senate Appropriations and Budget committees, as counselor to the secretary. He will lead the agency’s push for a long-term surface transportation bill.  DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters earlier this month that…

    Posted 3/26/14 at 3:11 PM

  • NSSGA Responds to Clean Water Act Rule

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 25 – NSSGA is very concerned by the proposed rule released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency extending federal jurisdiction over large swaths of land that would be classified as “waters of the U.S.” This proposed rule would overstep Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court by effectively removing the significance of…

    Posted 3/25/14 at 6:15 PM

  • FIRST FATALITY HITS AGGREGATES SECTOR

    At the end of February, an aggregates operator employee working at a New York sand and gravel operation lost his life as he approached an 80-foot-high bank. When it failed, the man was engulfed in material. The accident was classified as due to falling, rolling or sliding rock/material. This is the first aggregates operator fatality…

    Posted 3/19/14 at 9:02 PM