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  • Global Calcium Carbonate Market To Grow

    WiseGuy Reports predicts that the global calcium carbonate market will grow between 2016 and 2020. The report analyzes several different geographic segments and offers input from industry experts. Read more about this and other stories relevant to pulverized minerals producers.  https://www.whatech.com/market-research/energy/168223-global-calcium-carbonate-market-to-grow-at-a-cagr-of-6-20-during-the-period-2016-2020-according-to-new-research-report   Researchers are looking into the use of fly-ash to produce geopolymer materials in an…

    Posted 6/23/16 at 2:35 PM

  • WOTUS Block Included in Appropriations Bill

    A bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 16 would block the implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule as it funds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at $32 billion. The 2017 Interior and Environment bill would cut $125 million from current fiscal 2016 levels and is $1.1 billion less…

    Posted 6/21/16 at 10:07 AM

  • Urgent Call to Action on Water Infrastructure Bill

    The bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) has stalled in Congress and will not pass unless grassroots action puts pressure on the Senate to move the bill. NSSGA members need to contact their members of Congress and ask them to support a WRDA bill before the July recess. WRDA funding addresses the needs of America’s…

    Posted 6/17/16 at 9:20 AM

  • Technical Experts Wanted for National Advocacy

    Engineers have a new way to advance technology in the aggregates industry. NSSGA’s recently-formed Engineering & Technical Committee is a new platform for aggregates engineers to advance many of the technical aspects related to the industry. The committee will promote the industry’s interest on aggregate specifications through involvement with related industry technical committees and federal…

    Posted 6/17/16 at 4:00 AM

  • Court Sides with NSSGA on Pattern of Violation

    NSSGA and its partners challenging MSHA’s Pattern of Violation (POV) rule scored a win on June 16. Judge James L. Graham of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio largely denied the government’s motion to dismiss the case brought against MSHA by NSSGA and other associations. The groups claim that MSHA violated…

    Posted 6/16/16 at 5:44 PM

  • Anstine Takes Over as PMD Chair

    ANSTINE TAKES OVER AS PMD CHAIR Dave Anstine, Imerys senior technical leader, building and chemicals, became chair of the NSSGA Pulverized Minerals Division (PMD) in March, following Lane Shaw of Huber. Anstine has been involved with the development of ground calcium carbonate, marble and limestone products for industrial applications for over 35 years and attended his…

    Posted 6/16/16 at 2:20 PM

  • Toxic Substances Bill Heads to President

    President Obama is expected to sign the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) soon, now that both chambers of Congress approved the first update to regulating toxic chemicals in 26 years. Unlike recent regulations pushed out by the administration, NSSGA supported the TSCA modernization bill and the final measure includes language suggested by the association. The…

    Posted 6/10/16 at 9:20 AM

  • Regulatory Box Score

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    Posted 6/9/16 at 2:50 PM

  • MSHA Proposes Burdensome Workplace Exams Rule

    Additional compliance burdens will be placed on aggregates operators as a result of MSHA’s proposed rule on workplace exams (30 USC 56.18002) unveiled June 7 during a stakeholder meeting at the agency’s headquarters.   The proposed rule requires that a competent person sign and date an examination record that includes descriptions of locations and conditions…

    Posted 6/7/16 at 3:08 PM

  • MSHA Releases Timeline for Possible New Rules

    The end of the Obama Administration is fewer than eight months away, but MSHA’s Spring Regulatory Agenda demonstrates the Administration’s push for more regulatory burdens on operators. According to the agenda released during the week of May 16, MSHA is likely delaying the release of “limited” final rule on civil penalties (Part 100). The rule,…

    Posted 6/6/16 at 12:20 PM