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  • TOXIC SUBSTANCES MODERNIZATION BILL MOVING THROUGH CONGRESS

    For the first time in 26 years, Congress is updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which governs the regulation of hazardous chemicals.  The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill on May 24, and it is expected to be taken up by U.S. Senate in early June. “An update of TSCA is long overdue,”…

    Posted 5/27/16 at 11:27 AM

  • WOTUS in Congress: Hearings & Appropriations

    Even though the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is currently under a judicial stay preventing implementations, NSSGA continues to keep pressure on Congress to fight this regulation that would extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s jurisdiction over many areas previously not considered waters and increase costs permitting costs for aggregates operations and their customers. Fiscal…

    Posted 5/26/16 at 5:29 PM

  • Committee to Look at Water Infrastructure Bill Tomorrow

    Congress will take steps to address the needs of America’s dams, locks, flood protection and other water resources infrastructure this week. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 reauthorization bill is expected to be marked up by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday, May 25. WRDA 2016 authorizes projects and activities related…

    Posted 5/24/16 at 5:30 PM

  • AAA Survey: 70 Percent of Drivers Concerned About Road Quality

    A new survey from AAA shows that 70 percent of drivers are concerned about the poor quality of the country’s roads. This Memorial Day, far more drivers will be worried about potholes than traffic congestion (48 percent) and unsafe roads and bridges (36 percent). The survey also confirms that poor highway conditions hurt the pockets…

    Posted 5/24/16 at 1:44 PM

  • Tune in to hear NSSGA on the radio

    NSSGA will take to the airwaves today (Tuesday, May 24) as part of a national radio media tour to promote the aggregates industry. Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, will talk with national news networks and local affiliates about the vital role that aggregates have in improving our country’s infrastructure and the many good-paying jobs available in this industry. The…

    Posted 5/23/16 at 6:10 PM

  • NSSGA Raises Concerns on Workplace Exam Rule Again

     NSSGA made a case against a planned rulemaking for workplace exams before the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), on May 13. MSHA is seeking to tighten the workplace exams rule which was issued last year, and NSSGA voiced concerns over those changes multiple times. OIRA serves as the final arbitrator on…

    Posted 5/20/16 at 2:20 PM

  • Congress Setting Transportation Funding in Bills

    Congress is making progress on bills that could impact the aggregates industry.  The U.S. Senate advanced its 2017 transportation funding package today, with a total of $56.5 billion in funding for the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT), Housing and Urban Development and related Agencies (THUD). This bill will fund 99.5 percent of Fixing America’s Surface…

    Posted 5/19/16 at 6:59 PM

  • Headwaters Incorporated Announces Revenue Increases

    Headquarters Incorporated, a construction materials company, reports a 21 percent year-over-year revenue growth in their building products segment.  Read more about this and other stories relevant to pulverized minerals producers. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160503005612/en/Headwaters-Incorporated-Announces-Results-Quarter-Fiscal-2016 A $21 million carbon research center has been constructed in Wyoming in an effort to take carbon emissions from coal that can then be sold. http://www.utilitydive.com/news/wyoming-invests-in-carbon-research-center-in-moon-shot-bid-to-save-coal/418342/ Construction and Building…

    Posted 5/19/16 at 3:26 PM

  • Labor Department Doubles Overtime Salary Threshold

    The Obama administration continued its regulatory barrage against businesses today. The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that more than doubled the salary threshold to qualify for overtime pay. NSSGA wants to know how this will affect your business. Please provide feedback in the comment section below. Effective Dec. 1, 2016, all workers,…

    Posted 5/19/16 at 9:20 AM

  • Updates on MSHA Rules and Enforcement

    MSHA is likely to issue a “limited” final rule on civil penalties (Part 100), which could mean that the rule proposed in July 2014 has undergone significant revisions but won’t be reproposed for public comment.  Pat Silvey, MSHA deputy assistant secretary for operations, told NSSGA that she did not know when the final rule would…

    Posted 5/18/16 at 1:11 PM