Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • NAM STUDY SHOWS COSTS OF REGULATIONS ARE UPWARD OF $2 TRILLION A YEAR.

    An opinion piece on “Fox News” Sept. 10 by the National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray notes that a recent NAM study shows that “88 percent of manufacturers see regulatory compliance as a top business challenge.” Moutray states that “manufacturers are mostly upbeat,” but also “tentative,” as they continue to wait “anxiously for…

    Posted 9/18/14 at 9:07 PM

  • MSHA GRANTS EXTENSION FOR CIVIL PENALTIES COMMENTS AT NSSGA REQUEST

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has delayed the deadline for comments on a new rule after NSSGA argued that the complex, wide-ranging proposal would require additional analysis. Public comments on the agency’s civil penalties rule are now due Dec. 3, two months later than the original Sept. 29 deadline.  MSHA officials say that…

    Posted 9/18/14 at 9:06 PM

  • NSSGA/NAPA Fly-In Paves The Way To The Future

    The NSSGA/NAPA “Paving The Way To The Future” Fly-In held Sept. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. attracted more than 100 individuals from the highway construction materials industries. Attendees heard from a high-level panel of House and Senate transportation staffers on plans to advance surface transportation reauthorization, as well as from Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who wrote…

    Posted 9/17/14 at 9:04 PM

  • HIGHWAY INDUSTRIES SEND LETTER TO CONGRESS PLEADING FOR ‘ROBUST,’ LONG-TERM HIGHWAY FUNDING

    The highway industries sent a letter to Congress pleading for “robust,” long-term highway funding. The letter urged Congress to “act now” to avoid prolonging the infrastructure funding crisis “that is the result of failure to provide long-term stable funding for transportation.” Lobbyists including transportation officials, equipment manufacturers and other concerned businessmen and women sent a…

    Posted 9/17/14 at 5:10 PM

  • “GET OUT THE VOTE!”

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” A powerful sentiment, yet only 57 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the last national election. Broad industry…

    Posted 9/16/14 at 9:19 PM

  • NSSGA ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS MEET WITH SENATORS ON WOTUS

    NSSGA invited members of the Environmental Committee to Washington, D.C., a day before the committee meeting, to visit with Senate offices on the Waters of the United States rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. Seven Committee members from five companies were able to participate for an afternoon of…

    Posted 9/16/14 at 9:19 PM

  • LAST WEEK OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS IN CONGRESS BEFORE 2014 ELECTIONS

    Congressional leaders are attempting to wrap up all must-pass legislation in the next few days – the House is aiming for a Sept. 19 adjournment, while the Senate eyes Sept. 23 – before heading to the November elections campaign trail.  The House had planned to pass, during the week of Sept. 8, a continuing resolution…

    Posted 9/16/14 at 9:07 PM

  • ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE TAKES ON INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

    Thirty-three members of the NSSGA Environmental Committee met to discuss important developments in the industry Sept. 10 in Washington, DC.  Members heard updates on the EPA’s CWA Expansion, PM 2.5 Testing, CWA Permit Vetos, Endangered Species Act, Trespass & Nuisance Cases, and Protection of Aggregates Resources.  Members also discussed successful visits to congressional offices in…

    Posted 9/16/14 at 8:53 PM

  • ATLAS COPCO AMONG TOP RANKED COMPANIES IN DOW JONES SUSTAINABILITY INDEX

    Atlas Copco, Commerce City, Colorado, a provider of industrial productivity solutions, was again listed as one of the top companies in its industry in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 2014/2015. The index lists the world’s leading sustainability-driven companies. “It is gratifying that this well-respected index once again has chosen Atlas Copco for inclusion,”…

    Posted 9/16/14 at 8:49 PM

  • BOOSTED SAFETY TO AVOID FATALITIES HIGHLIGHTED AT SAFETY MEETING

    Neal Merrifield, Mine Safety and Health Administration’s metal/non-metal administrator, updated aggregates producers on the agency’s efforts to reduce fatalities. He reminded the group that, frequently, it is impulsive mistakes that lead to fatalities. An example given was of a simple failure to shut down power in a crusher that was being serviced. Merrifield also heard from…

    Posted 9/16/14 at 8:14 PM