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Advocacy

NSSGA represents the interests of the aggregates industry proactively before Congress, the White House and the federal government's departments and agencies. It is the only association that fully represents the aggregates industry from extraction to sales.

Action Center

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Take action and contact your members of congress on issues that affect you and the aggregates industry. Also learn more about current issues affecting the aggregates industry through the NSSGA Action Center. Help us in making a difference

NSSGA's Agenda for the Second Session of the 114th Congress

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This agenda details the legislative priorities of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) for the second session of the 114th Congress.

Our issues

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NSSGA’s Legislative Agenda highlights the priorities of the association. The association’s top priority is passage of a multi-year surface transportation infrastructure authorization. In addition, NSSGA focuses on the potential effects of environmental, labor and business issues, which can impose increased costs and regulatory burdens on the aggregates industry – the foundation of America’s built environment.

Aggregates in Action grassroots network

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Aggregates in Action (A2) is NSSGA’s grassroots network, designed to facilitate NSSGA member participation in the public policy process. The Legislative Action Center allows members to identify and communicate with their congressional representatives on the latest action alert. A2 also includes a key contacts program and recognition awards for the most involved grassroots and grasstops activists.

ROCKPAC

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ROCKPAC is the only political action committee solely dedicated to advancing the aggregates industry’s priorities with federal candidates – standing up for the industry, expanding congressional awareness of it and the significant impacts of congressional actions on aggregates businesses.

Latest advocacy news

  • MSHA Extends Comment Deadlines on Two Regulations

    MSHA agreed to a longer comment period on two regulatory items this week. One proposed regulation would requires workplace examinations before work begins and operators to document any hazards found, and the other is MSHA’s request for information on exposure to diesel exhaust in underground operations. Stakeholders’ perspective on the proposed workplace exams rule is due by Sept….

    Posted 8/26/16 at 5:00 PM

  • Airport Runway Aggregates in Focus

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to update their specifications for aggregates used in airport runways over the next year. NSSGA members were welcomed by FAA pavement engineers on Aug. 22 to discuss the physical and chemical characteristics of aggregates for runways along with size requirements and sampling and testing processes. Right now, operators…

    Posted 8/25/16 at 5:30 PM

  • NSSGA Comments on EPA Risk Assessment Process

    NSSGA has submitted preliminary comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning a forthcoming process that the agency will use to conduct chemical risk assessments. This process will determine if and how EPA will attempt to further regulate common rock dust. EPA is required to revise its current process by June 2017 in accordance with…

    Posted 8/25/16 at 3:26 PM

  • Stay Alert and Don’t Get Hurt

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    Posted 8/24/16 at 5:20 PM

  • Preorder the Aggregates Industry Compensation Survey

    Preorder your copy of the 2016-2017 Aggregates Industry Compensation Survey, now available for NSSGA members! Find clear and easy-to-read tables about salaried and hourly positions in the aggregates industry. This comprehensive survey includes data from 66 salaried positions and base wage summaries of 14 hourly positions. The data in this survey is organized by many…

    Posted 8/24/16 at 11:59 AM

  • Aggregates Production Up in 2016

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports that aggregates production is up 10 percent in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015. An estimated 1.09 billion metric tons of construction aggregates have been produced this year, according to Crushed Stone and Sand and Gravel in the Second Quarter 2016. An estimated 377 million…

    Posted 8/19/16 at 12:06 PM

  • Clinton and Trump Agree on Infrastructure Needs

    Perhaps Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump could succeed where President Obama and Congress have failed in recent years. Both presidential candidates want to spend billions on transportation infrastructure to create jobs and spur economic growth. “It is good to see that these two candidates can agree on one thing. There is no doubt that improving…

    Posted 8/17/16 at 4:00 PM

  • Join the Environment Committee Meeting in DC

    NSSGA is pleased to invite our members to attend NSSGA’s Environment Subcommittee Meeting in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency on Sept. 14. The meeting will be led by Chair Joel Nickel of Lafarge Holcim/Aggregates Industries and cover topics such as water quality and litigation, air quality task force updates and recent member interactions with the Environmental…

    Posted 8/17/16 at 8:00 AM

  • Majority Leader McCarthy Meets with Aggregates Groups

    CalPortland recently organized a face to face lunch meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. It was a chance for CalPortland staff and leaders, as well as representatives from NSSGA member companies, the National Ready-Mix Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association and the American Concrete Pavement Association to talk about the value of the aggregates…

    Posted 8/16/16 at 4:00 PM

  • Make the MSHA Inspection Process Work for You

    August’s AGG1 Online webinar, “Making the MSHA Inspection Process Work for You,” will help aggregates operators learn how to prevent or mitigate enforcement action while maintaining a positive relationship with MSHA. Presented by highly-rated AGG1 Academy presenter Max Corley with NSSGA member firm Dinsmore, this webinar will first focus on managing workplace examinations and the…

    Posted 8/11/16 at 8:20 AM