NSSGA is the aggregate industry's strongest voice in our nation's capital. Members benefit from a professional staff well seasoned in national politics working to represent the industry's interests in Washington, DC. We offer proven, meaningful opportunities to make your voice truly stand out on Capitol Hill. NSSGA keeps you informed, in tune and inside the Washington game whenever its players and power-plays stand to impact your business.
Our members are among the best informed in the industry, receiving the weekly e-Digest & Washington Watch and the bimonthly Stone, Sand and Gravel Review. The Membership Directory and Buyers Guide lists our producer and Pulverized Minerals Division (PMD) members as well as our Manufacturer and Services Division (M&SD) members and the equipment and/or services they provide to the industry. NSSGA provides a full array of educational opportunities and publishes a host of publications to help you excel. Members are invited to take part in our very active committee system. NSSGA offers several discount programs to our members.
You are invited to join with your colleagues to add even more strength to NSSGA's representation of your interests. Membership in NSSGA is an investment in your company's future success!
What Has NSSGA Done For You Lately?
- Achieved passage, with NSSGA grassroots and coalition partners, of “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21), a 2-year surface transportation reauthorization that slightly increases funding for highways.
- Successfully filed amicus brief against Environment Protection Agency’s veto of Section 404 CWA permit issued three years earlier, in deciding that EPA over-reached its authority. Quoted NSSGA’s brief as being helpful.
- Advocated successfully with Mine Safety and Health Administration to keep open the agency’s provision of compliance for small aggregates operators.
- Achieved through the MSHA-NSSGA Alliance a rule clarification allowing operators to, in most cases, not be required to provide fall protection for work undertaken on working platforms fewer than six feet above the ground.
- Elevated the aggregates industry’s visibility and clout in Washington by increasing member participation in ROCKPAC, raising it to 19th largest among all association political action committees.
Growing Legislative and Political Value of NSSGA Voice
- In a highly partisan atmosphere and with NSSGA grassroots and Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM), American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA) and The Road Information Program (TRIP), achieved passage of MAP-21, a 2-year surface transportation reauthorization that slightly increases funding for highways.
- Achieved inclusion in MAP-21 of historic program reforms, endorsed by NSSGA, including consolidation of programs and environmental streamlining that will significantly expedite project completion.
- Sponsored the 2nd “Rally for Roads” in the nation’s capital attracting hundreds of transportation workers and nine key members of Congress to support reauthorization of the federal highway program.
- Generated letters and meeting with members of Congress and staff with Materials Subgroup of TCC making the case for surface transportation reauthorization.
- Developed and implemented “Floor It!” Action Plan for Reauthorization including monthly themes and guidance for NSSGA grassroots activists including the following elements:
- “One-to-Five” program – designed to expand base of support for transportation reauthorization beyond the construction sector. Dozens of NSSGA member company official representatives contacted non-industry business leaders to elicit their advocacy for roads.
~ Op-Ed/Letters to the Editor campaign – more than 360 Letters to the Editor submitted to publications across the country.
- “Driving it Home 2012” – NSSGA members urged to meet lawmakers in their home offices and take them on tours of their facilities – hundreds of contacts were made.
- First Advocate Recognition Program awards -- made to the most active grassroots and grasstops NSSGA member advocates.
- Key Contacts Program expanded for precision communications to individual members of Congress.
- Hosted monthly call-ins with state aggregates associations to exchange information critical to the aggregates industry.
- Engineered NSSGA member meetings with congressional leaders, House and Senate committee chairmen and campaign committees to discuss priorities of the aggregates industry, including transportation reauthorization, worker safety and health, EPA particulate matter standard and EPA attempts to extend federal jurisdiction over all waters of the United States.
- Updated NSSGA Policy Position Papers to reflect latest legislative and regulatory developments.
Defending Against Unjustified Rules
- Leader of opposition to EPA’s pending guidance expanding the definition of waters of the U.S., including garnering congressional support to block this unlawful expansion of federal jurisdiction.
- Proactive in the successful movement that resulted in the Environmental Protection Agency maintaining the existing standard for coarse particulate matter (PM10) emissions.
- Led numerous visits to Capitol Hill (House and Senate in bipartisan strategy), EPA (including program officials, an assistant administrator and the deputy administrator) and OMB to protest imposition of EPA’s potential change to the rule.
- Submitted comments to EPA on particulate matter and exceptional events proposed rules.
- Advocated successfully with MSHA to keep open Small Mines Office, which provides compliance assistance for small aggregates operators. NSSGA promoted the reconstituted office and assistance for small operators that is essential to providing clarity in complying with often nebulous or confusing MSHA standards./LI>
- Succeeded, through the NSSGA-MSHA Alliance, in clarifying rule so that operators, in most cases, are not required to provide fall protection for work undertaken on working platforms fewer than six feet above the ground.
- Continued to facilitate MSHA outreach to stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest, and Midwest, with tours for MSHA leaders in NSSGA member facilities.
- Held two successful workshops instructing workers on ways to measure for and control worker exposure to hazardous levels of noise and dust.
- Prepared education materials and briefed congressional staff regarding the effects of the Toxic Substances Control Act reform legislation, which would reverse the burden of proof from regulatory agencies to industry for chemical safety determinations and misclassify dust from construction aggregates as asbestos.
- Led a group of allied organizations in a joint letter to EPA that expressed concerns about the agency’s flawed estimate of risk from exposure to asbestos in vermiculite from Libby, Mont. EPA’s proposed exposure limit could be misapplied to common rocks.
- Leader of American Chemistry Council’s Crystalline Silica Panel (CSP), which proposes strict application of sound science to better define the hazards of low-level exposure to crystalline silica.
- Instrumental in successful effort to delay issuance of OSHA/MSHA rule lowering the crystalline silica exposure limit, which, according to independent economists, would cost more than $2.5 billion annually.
- Provided vital information to state aggregates associations to help inform and educate local regulators faced with permitting new sand-production facilities amidst opposition from anti-fracking interests.
- Held a conference call with state aggregates association executives to discuss concerns with DARWin-ME pavement design software that potentially underestimates the structural value of aggregates.
Operations, Education & Communication
- Introduced social media concepts to reach beyond current member population for membership recruitment, AGG1 attendance and sales and event promotions.
- Offered implementation tips from the Minerals Identification & Management Guide through seven free webinars, a poster session and on-site presentations to state aggregates associations.
- Produced six printed and electronic issues of the Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW magazine and 50 electronic issues of the eDIGEST & Washington Watch newsletter.
- Relative to other trade associations NSSGA members belong, a vast majority (84% producers, 81% M&S) rated NSSGA’s publications and other communications above average to best in class.
- Leveraged members’ support of The Rocks Gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History with a free family festival celebrating rocks and geology throughout the entire museum in September. More than 12,000 visitors had the opportunity to meet geologists, scientists and curators from the museum who led demonstrations and hands-on activities with minerals and rocks. The National Museum of Natural History is still the most visited museum at the Smithsonian.
- Launched pre-release pricing for the newly revised, The Aggregates Handbook, Second Edition. This 900-page edition offers expanded coverage of developments in sustainability, production technology, safety, transportation, design and technology standards.
- Offered seminars on basic sales and basic supervisory training. The Basic Supervisory training held in October had its highest participation ever with 44 attendees from across the county.
- NSSGA recruited twelve new Aggregates Producer members and twenty-six new Manufacturers & Service providers.
- Held webinars/interactive conference calls focusing on RICE diesel engines, noise rule compliance, and MAP-21 and its impact on the aggregates industry.
- Revitalized and recruited five new members to the Pulverized Minerals Division. – a 50 percent increase.
- Young Leaders Annual Meeting held their 20th Anniversary meeting in 2012, inviting past YL alumni to connect with our new young leaders, participate in a prodigious speaker line-up and enjoy a plant tour of Martin Marietta Material’s impressive Bahama Rock Ltd. quarry.
- YL’s community service 2012 project included a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit providing programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.
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