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  • Stay Current on Regulatory Reform Efforts

    NSSGA’s Regulatory Reform Page has all the information needed to keep up to date on the industry’s efforts to advise the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and other agencies on burdensome and unnecessary regulations. The page features an array of existing regulations, including EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule and…

    Posted 8/17/17 at 7:30 AM

  • White House Wants to Streamline Highway Permitting

    President Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 15 that streamlines the complex federal permitting process before work on vital infrastructure projects can begin. By “establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects,” the president said that he hopes to reduce a typical highway permitting process from 17 years…

    Posted 8/16/17 at 4:45 PM

  • VIDEO: Congress Wants to Hear From You in D.C.

    NSSGA met with three influential members of Congress to discuss transportation infrastructure and the importance of advocating for the aggregates industry in person. Hear what Reps. Sam Graves, R-Mo., Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Jeff Denham, R-Calif., have to say in this video, then join them and other lawmakers at NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum/Fall Board…

    Posted 8/10/17 at 5:05 PM

  • Distance Learning Programs Now Enrolling for 2017-2018

    Aggregates industry professionals who want to improve their skills while staying on the job can now enroll in the 2017-2018 NSSGA/Institute of Quarrying distance learning programs, the one-year Graduate/Management Conversion Program and the three-year Junior Management Program. These programs—which are overseen by NSSGA’s Meetings & Education Committee—combine online educational content, accessed through a learning management…

    Posted 8/10/17 at 9:00 AM

  • Your Comments Needed to Help EPA Ditch WOTUS Rule

    NSSGA needs you to send comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the repeal of the controversial 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule. As written, the rule would have;   Allowed the federal government to regulate dry streambeds and isolated wetlands. Negatively impacted the permitting process for aggregates operations. Increased the…

    Posted 8/8/17 at 3:00 PM

  • Labor Department Changes Coming Soon

    The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee is expected to hold a vote to confirm Patrick Pizzella as deputy secretary for the Department of Labor on Aug. 2. Pizzella is acting chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority and previously worked in Labor Department under President George W. Bush and has decades of…

    Posted 7/31/17 at 3:34 PM

  • Senate Investing in Crucial Aviation Infrastructure

    The U.S. Senate found time to markup multiple appropriations bills between votes on health care legislation yesterday, including one that could translate into increased infrastructure spending. NSSGA spearheaded a Highway Materials Group letter to key senators on the committee in support of increases to both the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and the Airport Improvement Program (AIP)…

    Posted 7/28/17 at 1:55 PM

  • Small Business Administration Looking for Regulations to Address

    Operators near Cincinnati and Cleveland can get face-to-face with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to discuss the real-world effects of burdensome regulations like MSHA’s workplace examination rule. The SBA wants to hear directly from businesses in an upcoming series of meetings so that they can assist federal agencies in complying with the President’s directive…

    Posted 7/28/17 at 9:00 AM

  • Tell EPA You Support the WOTUS Withdrawal

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on the withdrawal of the controversial 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) that would have allowed the federal government to regulate dry streambeds and isolated wetlands. Such a jurisdictional overreach would have impacted the permitting process for aggregates operations and increased the cost of vital…

    Posted 7/27/17 at 9:03 AM

  • 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