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.
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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.
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 (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 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
NSSGA members have until Nov. 1 to apply for the Awards of Excellence in Community Relations, the James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional of the Year Award and Safety Excellence Awards. The recipients of these awards will be recognized at NSSGA’s Annual Convention that will be held in conjunction with CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas from March…
Posted 10/21/16 at 6:00 PM
Fiscal 2016 was the safest year in mining, ever. According to MSHA, there were a record-low number of 24 fatalities at more than 13,000 operations across the country from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 31, 2016. Looking just at aggregates, injuries are down to just 2 per 200,000 hours worked for 2015. “Each year for…
Posted 10/20/16 at 7:30 PM
The demand for cement and additives for concrete is expected to grow by 7 percent each year through 2020, putting the value at $4 billion that year. Concrete consumption is on the rise due to increased construction according to The Freedonia Group, an industry research firm based in Cleveland, as is the demand for additives….
Posted 10/18/16 at 7:45 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accepted guidance from NSSGA to limit the negative effect that natural events can have on operators’ air permits. Several of the NSSGA comments submitted to EPA on the proposed rule were reflected in the final rule which clarifies EPA’s treatment of exceptional events. Exceptional events are unusual or naturally occurring events…
Posted 10/13/16 at 12:32 PM
Lawmakers in New Jersey approved a 23 cents-a-gallon increase on gasoline in order to pay for much-needed transportation projects and end a statewide construction freeze. It is the first increase in taxes on gasoline in the state since 1988. The new tax may take effect this month and will be offset by a sales tax…
Posted 10/12/16 at 5:15 PM
Registration is now open for NSSGA’s Noise & Dust workshop. This three-day workshop will be held in Irwindale, Calif., on Nov. 8-10 with two days of classroom instruction and one day of field work. This unique event allows participants to learn how to conduct and monitor noise and dust exposure and hazards, record and interpret…
Posted 10/11/16 at 9:00 AM
Neal Merrifield, MSHA metal/nonmetal administrator, will retire from the administration Oct. 29, 2016, according to Joe Main, MSHA assistant secretary. He made the announcement during an MSHA stakeholder meeting Oct. 4 and said that Merrifield will be succeeded on an interim basis by Kevin Stricklin, MSHA’s coal administrator. Main said that the change stands as…
Posted 10/7/16 at 2:30 PM
Aggregates operators will gain valuable tips on how to improve the bottom line by managing fuel costs in October’s AGG1 Online webinar, How Fuel Prices Affect Your Business and Different Ways to Protect It, Oct. 27, 1-2 p.m. Eastern time. Fuel costs are a major component of an aggregates operation’s budget, and fuel price volatility…
Posted 10/7/16 at 10:30 AM
NSSGA and 32 other organizations called on both presidential candidates to remain committed to their infrastructure plans and find long-term, dedicated and sustainable revenue sources to pay for much-needed improvements to America’s crumbling infrastructure. “We are ready to work with either candidate to create or support initiatives that properly invest in our country’s failing infrastructure,”…
Posted 10/6/16 at 10:30 AM
NSSGA is looking for ideal topics to cover during the upcoming Legal Symposium, part of the association’s 2017 Annual Convention which is being held from March 3-7 in Las Vegas in conjunction with CONEXPO-CON/AGG. The annual, day-long symposium delivers insights on critical legal issues confronting stone, sand and gravel producers in presentations led by attorneys…
Posted 10/4/16 at 5:00 PM