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.

Our issues

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

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

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.

ADVOCACY NEWS

  • We Need Safety, Health and Environmental Professionals

    Recent workplace injury statistics suggest that it’s safer to work in a quarry than a retail store. Operators have achieved lower injury rates for 15 straight years to set a record low of 2 per 200,000 hours worked. Yet, despite the trend, regulators continue to pile on burdensome and overreaching rules that do not work…

    Posted 7/21/17 at 2:00 PM

  • Get Tips on How to Handle MSHA Withdrawal Orders

    Withdrawal orders can cause a costly cessation of work at the mine site. With the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) flexing this regulatory muscle more frequently, now is the time for aggregates operators to gain a better understanding of how withdrawal orders work. Tune in to MSHA Withdrawal Orders – Working Through Abatement and Contest Issues on July…

    Posted 7/18/17 at 9:30 AM

  • We Need You!

    The early bird registration deadline for NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting has been extended to Monday, July 10. Space is also going fast for private NSSGA hosted tours of D.C.’s most iconic landmarks, so members should register as soon as possible to reserve space. The aggregates industry needs YOU to make an impact…

    Posted 7/10/17 at 9:00 AM

  • Become a Judge for NSSGA’s Annual Awards Program

    Would you like to help honor your peers in the aggregates industry? Become a judge for NSSGA’s annual Awards of Excellence program and evaluate the exceptional work of operations and individuals for industry recognition. NSSGA’s annual Awards of Excellence recognize companies, quarries and professionals that show extraordinary dedication and commitment to the industry while continually…

    Posted 7/6/17 at 10:00 AM

  • NSSGA Takes on Regulations in Meeting with Acosta

    Buoyed by President Donald Trump’s agenda to reform massive regulatory overreach by the federal government, NSSGA staff recently met with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to address burdensome regulations facing aggregates operations. Specifically, the group detailed the harmful effects of the upcoming MSHA workplace exam rule. The regulation, set to go into effect on Oct. 2,…

    Posted 7/5/17 at 4:01 PM

  • 61 Years of the American Interstate

    With Independence Day coming up, you might be joining the millions of Americans hitting the highways this holiday weekend. But without a critical piece of legislation signed into law 61 years ago, getting to your destination wouldn’t be so simple. Today marks the anniversary of the Federal Highway Act of 1956, a piece of legislation…

    Posted 6/29/17 at 2:00 PM

  • It’s Official: WOTUS Withdrawal Formally Proposed

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its proposed notice of withdrawal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS).  “This is a welcome step in the process to remove this controversial rule,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. If left uncontested, the rule would have allowed the federal government to…

    Posted 6/27/17 at 4:30 PM

  • Video: Make an Impact in Washington this September

    Don’t miss your chance to rock D.C. this fall at NSSGA’s newest event, the Legislative and Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting. “ If we don’t advocate for our industry, no one else will. We need you to join us and help make an impact in Washington, D.C.,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “We…

    Posted 6/27/17 at 2:00 PM

  • NSSGA’s Safety & Environment Awards Close Tomorrow, Apply Today

    NSSGA members have until midnight tomorrow, June 22, to apply for the Safety Excellence Awards, Environmental Excellence Awards, Environmental Leadership Awards and the James M. Christie Award of Safety and Health Award. These awards will be presented with members of Congress and regulators in attendance at NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., from…

    Posted 6/21/17 at 2:30 PM

  • New Data Illustrates a Quarry’s Positive Impact

    Operations can use new information to ease permitting issues Many people are unclear on the benefits of having an aggregates operation nearby. Quarries now have a resource to show the tangible benefits of their operations to share with community stakeholders and neighbors in the permitting process.  The Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public…

    Posted 6/9/17 at 2:06 PM