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  • Improve Your Skills with NSSGA and IQ Learning Programs

    After a successful yearlong pilot program, the NSSGA and Institute of Quarrying (IQ) distance learning programs are now being offered to all NSSGA members. The programs consist of a one-year Graduate/Management Conversion Program and a three-year Junior Management Program. “The men and women who work in the aggregates industry are our most precious resource. These programs…

    Posted 8/5/16 at 10:51 AM

  • New Rules on Estate Tax Proposed

    The U.S. Treasury Department has proposed new rules designed to prevent taxpayers from understating the fair market value of their assets for purposes of the estate or “death” tax. Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur recently said that wealthy taxpayers often use “aggressive tax planning tactics to artificially lower the taxable value of…

    Posted 8/4/16 at 5:20 PM

  • Mineral Plastics in Focus

    Mineral Plastics in Focus The high demand for economical and environmentally-friendly hybrid hydrogel material may represent a new class of plastic called “mineral plastics.” Read more about this and other stories relevant to pulverized minerals producers. Wiley Online Library   Treated and Untreated Rock Dust Study A new study looks at quartz content and physical…

    Posted 8/4/16 at 3:21 PM

  • NSSGA at the 2016 Conventions

      NSSGA had high-profile presences at both the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. this month as one of the organizers of the “Connecting America’s Future – Runways, Rivers, Roads and Rails” events. “With Congress out for seven weeks for the party conventions and the August congressional…

    Posted 7/29/16 at 2:20 PM

  • We Need You this September!

    Sit down with elected officials and their staff on Capitol Hill to educate them on the aggregates industry this September. If anyone is attending the Safety and Health Committee Meetings and Advocacy Fly-In, NSSGA will help set up a face-to-face meeting for you and key members of Congress. Register today and become an advocate for aggregates…

    Posted 7/29/16 at 1:37 PM

  • Opposing MSHA’s Proposed Workplace Exams Rule

    NSSGA continues to take steps to oppose MSHA’s proposed rule on workplace exams, as the agency seeks to tighten the rule proposed this year. At an MSHA public hearing on the workplace exams proposal today, Joseph Casper, NSSGA vice president of safety, and members presented the concerns of NSSGA and the association’s Safety and Health subcommittee. …

    Posted 7/26/16 at 5:23 PM

  • Demand for Calcium Carbonate Growing in China

    Yahoo! reports that the demand for ground calcium carbonate is growing in China due to an increase in its use in the paper industry. Read more about this and other stories relevant to pulverized minerals producers.  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/chinese-calcium-carbonate-industry-reshapes-080000223.html The School of Energy Science and Engineering at the Harbin Institute of Technology recently released a study looking…

    Posted 7/21/16 at 5:35 PM

  • Senator Has a Blast at Virginia Quarry Visit

    Cedar Mountain Stone Corp. recently hosted Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., for a site visit at the Mitchells Quarry near Culpeper, Va. The senator saw first-hand how the quarry uses drones to monitor blasts in the 50-acre quarry. “We use drones for about every other blast to understand if we’re using the right amount of explosives,”…

    Posted 7/21/16 at 5:20 PM

  • Face to Face with Capitol Hill Lawmakers

    This September, NSSGA invites everyone in the aggregates industry to meet face-to-face with their elected officials on Capitol Hill and educate them on the value of aggregates. “It is really important to let lawmakers know the many ways that quarries have positive impacts in their communities, and there are quarries in just about every congressional…

    Posted 7/18/16 at 12:20 PM

  • How Many Pokémon Does It Take?

    “Pokémon Go” fever is sweeping the nation and we here at NSSGA are quite partial to our favorite ‘rock type’ Pokémon, Geodude and Onix! Did you know that according to the U.S. Geological Survey, 1.32 billion metric tons of aggregates were produced by quarries in 2015? That equals almost 30 billion Geodudes! Additionally, every man,…

    Posted 7/15/16 at 3:23 PM