• House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Announces New GOP Members

    The Democratic Steering Committee has yet to make final decisions on who will join the T&I committee. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the key legislative panel tasked with writing the next surface transportation reauthorization, will welcome 12 new Republican members to the committee – including ten freshmen – when the 114th Congress convenes in…

    Posted 12/11/14 at 3:00 PM

  • NSSGA Prepares States For Commenting On MSHA Civil Penalties Rule

    In remarks delivered at the Michigan Aggregates Association meeting in Grand Rapids last Friday, NSSGA VP for Safety Joseph Casper urged members of state organizations to join with NSSGA in submitting comments opposing provisions of the MSHA rule proposal on civil penalties.  The proposal aims to:  Curb the authority of the Mine Safety and Health…

    Posted 12/11/14 at 12:20 PM

  • Congress Agrees On Government Funding Bill

    House and Senate appropriators released a $1.1 trillion FY 2015 spending bill Dec. 9, which is expected to pass this week before the current continuing resolution expires. Of particular interest to NSSGA members are transportation and EPA funding. The massive omnibus spending measure would fund most agencies through September 30, 2015, with the exception made…

    Posted 12/10/14 at 3:30 PM

  • NSSGA Addresses The Aggregates Producers of Wisconsin Annual Convention

    As part of NSSGA’s state partnership initiative, NSSGA kicked of the annual Aggregates Producers of Wisconsin (APW) Convention in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on December 4,. About 45 members of the APW heard an update on NSSGA priorities from Environmental Services Director Emily Coyner.  Topics included the status of highway funding, the waters of the U.S….

    Posted 12/10/14 at 3:00 PM

  • Educational Opportunities Grow For Aggregates Producers at 2015 AGG1

    With 48 classes of the AGG1 Academy covering virtually every aspect of the aggregates industry, a major focus of the program is on aggregate plant operation and production. “Last year’s feedback is clear: people who come to AGG1 want to learn about ways to produce aggregates more cost-effectively, safely and efficiently,” said Rick Feltes, AGG1…

    Posted 12/10/14 at 1:03 PM

  • EPA Begins Particulate Matter Review

    EPA has begun to develop a new Integrated Science Assessment for the Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards (PM NAAQS), the first step in its 5 year review process, according to a  Dec. 3 Federal Register notice. The notice calls for new studies and sets the opening workshop to begin the evaluation of recent…

    Posted 12/10/14 at 9:00 AM

  • Rock Products: NSSGA Testifies Against MSHA’s Civil Penalties Proposal (Updated by NSSGA News)

    Original Article by Rock Products The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) voiced strong opposition to a number of provisions in a proposed rule that calls for increased federal penalties for alleged mine safety violations and limits an operator’s ability to contest such fines. NSSGA testified Dec. 4 at the first of several U.S….

    Posted 12/9/14 at 4:20 PM

  • Delay in Hours of Service Provision Included in Cromnibus

    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) appears to have successfully inserted provisions in the soon-to-be unveiled measure funding the government for the next nine months that would delay for one-year truck drivers’ hours of service rules.  This issue is of particular interest to NSSGA members who also have ready-mixed concrete operations. The rules, which would require truck…

    Posted 12/9/14 at 2:00 PM

  • Accident Highlights Need For Emphasis on Safety

    MSHA reported a fatality had occurred at a Pennsylvania sand stone mine.  A truck driver backed a haul truck to the edge of the overburden dumpsite and started to raise the truck’s bed to dump material.  The bank failed, causing the truck to overturn and fall 30 feet below.  Best practices provided by MSHA for…

    Posted 12/9/14 at 10:55 AM

  • Aggregates Manager Magazine – “Construction Spending Up Slightly In October”

    Paladin Construction Group’s JRB PowerLatchU.S. construction spending rose 1.1 percent during the month of October due mainly to increases in homebuilding and government nonresidential projects. According to preliminary estimates from the Commerce Department, October construction spending was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $971 billion. The new data also revised the August and September…

    Posted 12/8/14 at 8:15 AM