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  • Tell Congress to Fix The Highway Trust Fund Before Year’s End

    A new Congress has been elected that will be seated in January, but work still remains for members of the current 113th Congress. Tell them today that their job is not done until they fix the Highway Trust Fund! Call your members of Congress now to urge them to use the lame-duck legislative session to…

    Posted 11/18/14 at 9:53 PM

  • NSSGA Invites Members to Testify at MSHA Public Hearings on Civil Penalties Proposal

    In response to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s announcement  that it will hold public hearings on its proposed changes to the civil penalties rule Dec. 4 (in Arlington, Va.) and Dec. 9 (in Denver, Colo.), NSSGA is seeking members willing to deliver NSSGA-drafted testimony at those hearings. NSSGA is very concerned with the…

    Posted 11/18/14 at 9:53 PM

  • NSSGA ASKS EPA TO WITHDRAW ITS FLAWED RULE ON “WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES”

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider its proposal to radically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the U.S.  Aggregates producers argued that the policy change is unjustifiable and the cost to the…

    Posted 11/14/14 at 4:12 PM

  • NSSGA SHARES BEST PRACTICES AT MSHA SOUTHEAST DISTRICT CONFERENCE

    NSSGA guidance on how operators can avoid fatalities was presented last week at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration Southeast District Conference.  The guidance addresses such issues as pre-shift and workplace exams, effective training and tolerance of risk.  The presentation also highlighted best practices for boosting safety culture at operations. The presentation stands as…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 7:07 PM

  • MSHA TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS IN EARLY DECEMBER ON CIVIL PENALTIES PROPOSAL

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that it will hold public hearings on its proposed changes to the civil penalties rule Dec. 4 and 9.  The hearings will be held in Arlington, Va., and Denver, Colo., respectively.  NSSGA will provide testimony at both hearings. NSSGA is very concerned with the proposed rule because…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 7:01 PM

  • BLOOMBERG NEWS INTERVIEW WITH UPS CEO ON THE NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE

    In an interview with UPS CEO Davis Abney by Bloomberg News, he discussed the following key points: Unless we start to invest in transportation infrastructure, there will come a time when huge snarls of traffic choke our nation’s economy. Years of political infighting and not investing holistically will constrict America’s growth potential. And worse, while…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:57 PM

  • THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTS: CAN A NEW CONGRESS BAIL OUT TRANSPORTATION IN FIVE MONTHS?

    As the smoke cleared on a new political reality last week, transportation was a bit of an afterthought in the “what will the election mean for” discussion, which focused mostly on immigration, health care, trade agreements and tax reform. But if Congress and the White House are to agree on anything next year, there is…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:51 PM

  • LAME DUCK PUSH FOR HIGHWAY FUNDING SOLUTION CONTINUES

    The NSSGA-led Highway Materials Group sent a letter (see below) to Senate and House leaders Nov. 6 in advance of the congressional meeting with President Obama Nov. 7. The letter urges action to pass a funding solution to assure the stability and sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund in the lame-duck congressional session. Additionally, NSSGA President…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:47 PM

  • THE 114TH CONGRESS WILL SEE NEW CHAIRMEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL

    While much of the attention over the next few weeks will be focused on the Senate’s transfer of party control, the House will see numerous new faces in several key committee top spots for the aggregates industry.  House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will remain, but the retirement of Rep. Tom Petri,…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:43 PM

  • VOTERS NOT SURE HOW – OR IF – THEY WANT TO PAY FOR BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE

    Voters in several states across the country had the opportunity Nov. 4 to approve various transportation-related ballot initiatives that would provide more revenue or flexibility for infrastructure projects, and the results were mixed.  Texas voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative to divert up to $1.5 billion per year from the state’s Rainy Day Fund into road…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:35 PM