Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • NEXT STEPS TO PREVENT FATALITIES HIGHLIGHTED AT MSHA STAKEHOLDER MEETING IN GEORGIA

    MSHA Assistant Secretary Joe Main and Neal Merrifield, metal/non-metal administrator, gathered with stakeholders in the Southeast district May 21 to outline plans for future efforts to curb fatalities. Among the steps MSHA plans to take to curb the tide of fatalities are: • Re-directing coal inspectors to the MNM sector, for increased enforcement, especially in underground…

    Posted 5/30/14 at 5:14 PM

  • ALAN PARKS TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS REGARDING “WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES”

    The House Small Business Committee has scheduled a full committee hearing today focused on the small business impacts of the rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulating “Waters of the United States.” Alan Parks, vice president, Memphis Stone & Gravel Company, Memphis, Tennessee, will testify on behalf of NSSGA and share his company’s…

    Posted 5/29/14 at 4:15 PM

  • Economist Reviews EPA’s Economic Analysis of Proposed Waters of the United States Rule

    Dr. David Sunding, an economist on the faculty of the University of California-Berkeley and a principal with The Brattle Group, has completed a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s economic analysis of the proposed rule on “Waters of the United States.” His “Review of 2014 EPA Economic Analysis of Proposed Revised Definition of Waters of…

    Posted 5/28/14 at 8:57 PM

  • Distinguished Economist Finds EPA Economic Analysis Flawed

    NSSGA notes with interest today’s release of Dr. David Sunding’s report, Review of 2014 EPA Economic Analysis of Proposed Revised Definition of Waters of the Unites States. The report examines the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s estimates of probable costs and benefits for the proposed rule on “Waters of the United States,” and finds that EPA…

    Posted 5/28/14 at 8:55 PM

  • WRRDA CRUISES INTO PORT; PRESIDENTIAL SIGNATURE ANTICIPATED

    The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) passed both chambers of Congress overwhelmingly, sending it to the president’s desk for signature. The House acted first, passing the bill May 20 by a vote of 412 to 4. The Senate followed suit May 22, passing the bill by a vote of 91 to 7 with…

    Posted 5/28/14 at 6:26 PM

  • NSSGA TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

    NSSGA member Alan Parks, vice president, Memphis Stone and Gravel Company, is testifying before the full congressional House Committee on Small Business Thursday afternoon, May 29. The committee hearing is entitled “Will EPA’s ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule Drown Small Businesses?” and will be available to watch online here: [http://smallbusiness.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=373099] The Small Business committee…

    Posted 5/28/14 at 5:30 PM

  • HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER SECOND TAX EXTENDERS PACKAGE

    The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to mark up a second package of tax extenders, legislation that would revive expired tax breaks, this week. Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said he intends to bundle a few bills for consideration. The committee already passed a package of five extenders. It is not clear what…

    Posted 5/28/14 at 5:24 PM

  • HOUSE TSCA MODERNIZATION MARKUP DELAYED

    NSSGA learned last week that the House Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy planned a May 29 markup of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act modernization bill entitled the Chemicals in Commerce Act. Because the draft bill does not directly address the minerals definition issue of most concern to NSSGA, the association did not…

    Posted 5/28/14 at 5:17 PM

  • MSHA DEFERS ACTION ON SILICA RULEMAKING

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration last week removed the target date in its regulatory agenda for issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on exposure to crystalline silica. MSHA’s fall 2013 agenda stated that the agency would issue an NPRM during June 2014, just days away. MSHA’s action is understandable. The agency stated…

    Posted 5/28/14 at 5:06 PM

  • SENATE EPW COMMITTEE APPROVES MAP-21 REAUTHORIZATION BILL

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee took just 20 minutes May 15 to approve unanimously by voice vote its piece of the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (S. 2322), voting before committee members had even completed their opening statements, which resumed following approval. The six-year, $252 billion proposal would authorize new spending on freight programs, add…

    Posted 5/23/14 at 5:36 PM