Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • SENATE PASSES HIGHWAY BILL, SENDS IT BACK TO HOUSE

    The Senate passed a bill July 29 to rescue highway and transit funding that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vows he won’t accept, keeping the specter of a “highway cliff” alive with just a day before Congress is set to leave for its August recess. The Senate amended the House-passed short-term patch to the Highway…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:49 PM

  • CONGRESS PREPARES TO HEAD HOME – ARE YOU READY?

    Congress recesses July 31 for its five-week summer congressional recess. What plans do you have to take advantage of this extended access to your elected federal officials to help the future of your business and your industry? NSSGA strongly encourages you to meet with your members of Congress during this time as part of our…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:47 PM

  • KEEP THE PRESSURE ON CONGRESS

    MAP-21 will expire Sept. 30, and the future of our nation’s highway funding is in doubt. Congress is working on a temporary funding patch, but this is no time to rest easy. We must keep the pressure on Congress to act on a multi-year reauthorization bill and urge our senators and representatives to take action….

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:41 PM

  • NSSGA STATE AGGREGATES ASSOCIATIONS ORGANIZE STATE GROUPS IN OPPOSITION TO WATER RULE

    NSSGA organized aggregates industry-hosted state conference calls in Ohio and North Carolina in opposition of the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Chaired by a state association executive, each call was announced to all 40-plus member associations of the Waters Advocacy Coalition, who in turn passed along the invitation to their members in those two…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:37 PM

  • HOUSE PASSES ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT TRANSPARENCY BILL

    The full House passed 233 to 190 legislation combining several bills amending the Endangered Species Act July 29. A modified H.R. 4315, the Endangered Species Transparency Act would require the Department of Interior to publish online commercial and scientific data used as the basis for listing a species as threatened or endangered. The modified bill…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:36 PM

  • NSSGA IS SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR $5,000 BYLER SCHOLARSHIP

    NSSGA created the Jennifer Curtis Byler Scholarship Fund to memorialize the life and accomplishments of a sand and gravel producer’s family member who had an intense interest in the political process. Income from the fund is used to provide an annual scholarship to be awarded to the child of an aggregates industry employee who wishes…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:34 PM

  • TIME’S RUNNING OUT! 2015 AGG1 ACADEMY CALL FOR PROPOSALS CLOSES AUG. 30

    There’s still time to submit your proposal for an education session at the 2015 AGG1 Academy in Baltimore, March 17-19. NSSGA is accepting proposals through Aug. 30 in virtually every aspect of the aggregates industry, including: •             Safety & Health •             Environment •…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:32 PM

  • MSHA ISSUES PROPOSED RULE TO REFORM CIVIL PENALTIES

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration finally issued its proposal for amending Part 100 penalties July 29, with website publication of its rule that originally was expected in 2011. While the Regulatory Affairs Task Force of NSSGA’s Safety and Health Committee has just begun reviewing the proposal, NSSGA is concerned about its potential impacts….

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:29 PM

  • EPA’S FINAL STARTUP, SHUTDOWN AND MALFUNCTION RULE SENT TO WHITE HOUSE FOR REVIEW

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent its final rule banning exemptions from air emissions limits during periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review July 23. This review is the final step before publication and normally takes several weeks before Federal Register publication, but can take…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:24 PM

  • WORKER DIES AT SAND & GRAVEL FACILITY

    According to the U.S. Mine Safety & Health Administration, a worker at a South Carolina sand and gravel plant died July 21 as a result of an electrocution.  The victim was attempting to pull slack on the 480-volt power conductors feeding a dredge, when the aluminum boat in which he was riding came into contact…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:21 PM