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  • EPA to TWEAK, NOT WITHDRAW, WATERS RULE

    EPA’s Administrator Gina McCarthy reiterated at a Feb. 26 House Appropriations hearing that the agency intends to release an altered Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule this spring.  She confirmed that the final rule will differ significantly from the original draft. McCarthy had hinted at the changes during a joint House-Senate hearing Feb. 4. She…

    Posted 3/3/15 at 1:39 PM

  • FLOODPLAIN EXECUTIVE ORDER COULD FURTHER MUDDY WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

    President Obama signed Executive Order 13690 Jan. 30, which updates a 1977 EO that required federal agencies to do what they can to preserve the nation’s floodplains – areas subject to a 1 percent chance or greater of flooding in any given year (100-year floodplain) – and limit their development and activities in floodplains where…

    Posted 3/3/15 at 10:03 AM

  • PMD Newsline Regulatory Topics Box Score

    A monthly update of  key air and water issues that NSSGA is following for PMD members follows: Topic Agency Action NSSGA Effort Upcoming Action NAAQS-Particulate Matter PM10 standard =150  ug/m3 and PM 2.5 = 12 ug/m3 NSSGA provided comment on the previous proposed rule EPA has started the next NAAQS review process and will have…

    Posted 3/2/15 at 2:44 PM

  • EPW HIGHWAYS HEARING AIMS FOR OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY PERSPECTIVE

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing Feb. 25 on surface transportation reauthorization with a focus on obtaining an “outside the Beltway” perspective. During the course of the hearing, Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and ranking member Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., pushed congressional financing committees to finding the funding needed for a long-term bill….

    Posted 2/27/15 at 6:15 PM

  • USGS: AGGREGATES PRODUCTION UP 7 PERCENT IN 2014

    According to final figures released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the projected annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2014 was 2.17 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 7 percent compared to 2013. In the final quarter of 2014, an estimated 540 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates…

    Posted 2/27/15 at 4:01 PM

  • MSHA Moves to Boost Enforcement at Troubled Mines, Provides Tools

    MSHA Administrator Joseph Main announced Feb. 25 that the agency is intensifying enforcement at mine facilities that exceed violation rates above the national average. The effort is part of the “Rules to Live By (RTLB)” program, originally implemented in 2010, to curb fatalities. Main pointedly stated that repeat offenders risk possible impact or spot inspections….

    Posted 2/26/15 at 4:38 PM

  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG LEADERS AT AGG1 AND BEYOND

    Dave Turin of Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” television series will be the keynote speaker at the Young Leaders Luncheon at NSSGA’s 2015 AGG1 Academy and Expo, March 17, 12:30 p.m., in Baltimore, Md. Turin will discuss the importance of attracting and retaining talented young leaders for the aggregates and mining industries. The event will take…

    Posted 2/26/15 at 8:46 AM

  • CONGRESS INTRODUCES LEGISLATION ON EPA SCIENTIFIC TRANSPARENCY

    House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced the Secret Science Reform Act, a bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from “proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.” The measure is similar to bipartisan House legislation passed in the…

    Posted 2/25/15 at 12:45 PM

  • NSSGA RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING GRASSROOTS CONTRIBUTIONS

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 24, 2015 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) will recognize four active advocates for their efforts to influence federal policy during 2014 at the March Annual Convention in Baltimore.  The award winners are: Robert F. Weldon III of Weldon Materials, Grasstops CEO of the Year, Brian North and Steve Whitt…

    Posted 2/24/15 at 4:39 PM

  • MAJORITY OF HOUSE SENDS LETTER TO LEADERSHIP SUPPORTING ACTION ON HIGHWAY FUNDING

    A majority of both Republicans and Democrats have signed a letter initiated by Reps. Reid Ribble, R-Wisc., Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., and Tom Reed, R-N.Y, to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urging quick action to develop a long-term sustainable revenue source for maintaining the nation’s roads, highways and bridges.  The letter,…

    Posted 2/24/15 at 4:10 PM