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  • URGE CONGRESS TO STOP EPA’S UNLAWFUL CLEAN WATER ACT OVERREACH

    Congress is considering legislation that would stop EPA’s Proposed Jurisdictional Rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over many previously unregulated areas.  H.R. 5078 will be voted on in the House Sept. 8.  NSSGA needs your help; please contact your member of Congress today to urge a “yes” vote by clicking here.  < The…

    Posted 9/4/14 at 3:55 PM

  • NSSGA ANNUAL AWARDS APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS TODAY

    By restructuring its annual awards program, NSSGA seeks to increase the prestige of its top honors. Each year, NSSGA recognizes the top performers in several categories including environment, community relations, and health and safety to promote responsible quarry and mine management. This year, finalists for the Environmental Award and Community Relations Award will be selected…

    Posted 9/4/14 at 3:53 PM

  • MATTHEW ULIZIO RECEIVES 17TH ANNUAL BARRY K. WENDT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    Matthew P. Ulizio, a senior at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 17th annual Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship from NSSGA’s Manufacturer’s & Services Division. He was selected for academic excellence as well as his personal interest in the aggregates industry. The $2,500 scholarship is earmarked for students who plan to pursue…

    Posted 9/4/14 at 3:40 PM

  • CBO’S UPDATE TO BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: 2014 TO 2024

    The Highway Trust Fund patch approved by Congress bought some time for the HTF, but the threat of a shortfall in 2015 remains a harsh reality according to the Congressional Budget Office, when it released its Budget and Economic Outlook, Aug. 27. The office projects that the highway balance will fall about $2 billion short…

    Posted 9/4/14 at 3:33 PM

  • NSSGA REQUESTS MSHA TO EXTEND COMMENT PERIOD UNDER CIVIL PENALTIES PROPOSAL

    NSSGA has requested that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration extend the comment period on the MSHA civil penalties proposed rule by 60 days, to Nov. 28, due to the complexity of and impact feared by the proposal. Unless the extension is granted, comments are due Sept. 29. Also, NSSGA asked that public hearings…

    Posted 9/4/14 at 3:26 PM

  • AGGREGATES WORKER DIES IN NEW YORK FALL

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has reported that a fatality occurred at a non-member New York limestone mine.  A worker climbed on top of a pile of pallets to obtain some wooden planks. He fell approximately eight feet and died. This brings to eight the total number of aggregates operator employees who have…

    Posted 9/4/14 at 3:05 PM

  • TIME’S RUNNING OUT! 2015 AGG1 ACADEMY CALL FOR PROPOSALS CLOSES AUG. 30

    This is the last week to submit your proposal for an education session at the 2015 AGG1 Academy in Baltimore, March 17-19. NSSGA is accepting proposals through Aug. 30 in virtually every aspect of the aggregates industry, including: • Safety & Health • Environment • Sustainability • Government Relations & Advocacy • Regulatory Issues •…

    Posted 8/28/14 at 8:55 PM

  • COURT THROWS OUT POV APPEAL ON JURISDICTIONAL GROUND, SKIPS MERITS

    Last week, the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed the challenge to the U.S. Mine and Safety Administration’s Pattern of Violations rule filed by NSSGA and other associations. The three-judge panel dismissed the case saying that the court lacked jurisdiction. They claimed that the federal appeals court can decide matters related to…

    Posted 8/28/14 at 8:14 PM

  • NSSGA MAKES ANNUAL AWARDS MORE MEANINGFUL

    By restructuring its annual awards program, NSSGA seeks to increase the prestige of its top honors.  Each year, NSSGA recognizes the top performers in several categories including environment, community relations, and health and safety to promote responsible quarry and mine management. This year, finalists for the Environmental Award and Community Relations Award will be selected…

    Posted 8/27/14 at 8:25 PM

  • SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE BEING SURVEYED FOR NSSGA RESPONSE TO MSHA CIVIL PENALTIES PROPOSAL

    To aid the Safety and Health Committee’s work to formulate persuasive comments in response to the U.S. Mine and Safety Administration’s proposed civil penalties rule for safety and health violations, NSSGA is surveying member companies about recent MSHA enforcement history.  The civil penalties proposal is a challenging one, as it could lead to increased penalty…

    Posted 8/27/14 at 8:21 PM