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  • NSSGA CHAIRMAN, M&S MEMBERS NAMED TO 2015 PIT & QUARRY HALL OF FAME

    Pit & Quarry established a Hall of Fame in 2012 to pay tribute to the pioneers of the past and present-day industry leaders.  The 2015 class represents individuals who have greatly advanced the industry  as producers, equipment manufacturers and inventors. The following four will be honored at a black-tie induction ceremony and dinner at 7…

    Posted 1/14/15 at 12:51 PM

  • NSSGA MEMBERS PROVIDE VALUABLE OPERATOR INSIGHTS TO MSHA TRAINEES

    In an effort to constructively help the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) continue improving the enforcement consistency of the agency’s field officer personnel, a half dozen NSSGA members provided operator perspectives on safety and compliance at the MSHA Academy in Beckley, WV. The Academy trains inspectors who wield enormous authority in evaluating compliance…

    Posted 1/14/15 at 5:00 AM

  • HOUSE MOVES FORWARD ON REGULATORY REFORM; PRESIDENT VOWS VETO

    The House of Representatives may vote as early as this week on the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015, which was reintroduced last week by Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. and Collin Peterson, D-Minn.  This legislation, designed to rein in some of the Obama administration’s most costly regulations, passed the House in both 2013 and 2014, but…

    Posted 1/13/15 at 2:38 PM

  • NSSGA NAMES GRIESEMER SAFETY AND HEALTH PRO OF 2014

    Louis Griesemer, president of Springfield Underground, Inc., Springfield, Mo., has been named the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s 2014 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional of the Year.  The award, established nearly 30 years ago, recognizes an individual for substantial contributions and commitment to safe and healthy operating practices within his company and…

    Posted 1/13/15 at 11:51 AM

  • VITTER INTRODUCES ANTI-VETO LEGISLATION AGAINST EPA

    Sen. David Vitter, R-La., introduced legislation Jan. 7 to limit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to veto Clean Water Act permits for dredge-and-fill operations if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has already issued, or plans to issue, its own permits. Numerous measures to stop EPA’s veto authority gained support, but ultimately did not…

    Posted 1/12/15 at 11:21 AM

  • SENATE EPW AND HOUSE T&I SCHEDULE JOINT OVERSIGHT HEARING ON WOTUS

    Beyond passing a robust highway bill, announced as a top priority Jan. 7 by Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., he said that the committee has tentatively scheduled a “rare” Feb. 4 joint hearing with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. NSSGA has…

    Posted 1/8/15 at 11:34 AM

  • HIGHWAY BILL TOPS SENATE EPW COMMITTEE AGENDA

    Incoming chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) outlined his top two priorities – passage of a long-term highway bill and reining in EPA regulations. Inhofe stated that working on a long-term highway bill will be his first order of business saying, “We want a long-term transportation bill. A sizeable…

    Posted 1/7/15 at 5:14 PM

  • GRASSROOTS EXPERT TO SPEAK AT AGG1

    Leading grassroots expert Amy Showalter of The Showalter Group, Inc. will speak at the 2015 AGG1 Academy & Expo in Baltimore. “NSSGA depends on our members’ grassroots activity to amplify the aggregates industry’s voice on Capitol Hill,” said Pam Whitted, NSSGA’s senior vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs. “Ms. Showalter’s years of proven experience…

    Posted 1/7/15 at 9:45 AM

  • TALK OF FUNDING HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES CONTINUES – ALL OPTIONS ON THE TABLE

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., seemed to nix a gas user fee increase prior to Christmas, however Senate Republican Conference Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., left the door open in an appearance on “Fox News,” Sunday, Jan. 4.  Thune said, “Well, I don’t favor increasing any tax……I think we have to…

    Posted 1/6/15 at 4:12 PM

  • 114th Congress Convenes, Roads and Regulatory Relief are Key Priorities

    The 114th Congress convenes today with President Obama facing a Congress completely controlled by Republicans. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have indicated in meetings with NSSGA that a new highway bill with a secure funding mechanism is high on their agenda. Before that can occur, Boehner must…

    Posted 1/6/15 at 12:08 PM