Tag: news

  • NSSGA Analysis of the Corps Memos on the Waters of the U.S. Rule

    The Army Corps of Engineers memoranda criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule are now publicly available. These documents show that the primary regulator of the rule has serious and as-yet unanswered questions about the fundamental technical and legal underpinnings of the rule. These memos, along with opposition from NSSGA…

    Posted 7/31/15 at 5:17 PM

  • NSSGA Applauds Senate, Challenges Congress to Stand up for America’s Infrastructure

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 30, 2015 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) welcomed the Senate’s approval of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, the first six-year authorization of surface transportation funding to be produced in a decade. NSSGA hopes that Congress will use this surface transportation bill as a blueprint…

    Posted 7/30/15 at 3:24 PM

  • Final Passage Vote Set for Tomorrow

    The U.S. Senate overcame the last procedural hurdle this morning and a vote on final passage of a six year highway bill, H.R. 22, is poised to occur Thursday. The Highway Materials Group, of which NSSGA is a founding member, released a statement pressuring both chambers to continue moving towards a six year surface transportation…

    Posted 7/29/15 at 9:18 PM

  • CORPS BLASTS WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

    The Army Corps of Engineers had clear reservations from the start over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Several Corps documents obtained by Congress show that the Corps disagreed with multiple legal, scientific and technical aspects of the EPA’s proposal. In the documents, the Corps claims their organization was “not part…

    Posted 7/29/15 at 9:30 AM

  • Senate Progresses on Six-Year Highway Bill, Questions Loom in House

    As early as tomorrow, the U.S. Senate is expected to approve a six-year transportation bill. The final bill as amended can be found here and if adopted will be sent on to the U.S. House of Representatives. “This is the closest we have come to a six-year transportation bill in a decade,” said Pam Whitted,…

    Posted 7/28/15 at 7:41 PM

  • MSHA Compliance Webinar on Thursday

    NSSGA will host a webinar from 1-2 p.m., Eastern, on Thursday, July 30, on MSHA’s new guidance on the workplace exams standard and fatality prevention initiatives. The webinar will be presented by NSSGA member K&L Gates and deliver information that can boost both compliance and safety. The event was recently updated to include MSHA’s new overly-stringent workplace exams…

    Posted 7/28/15 at 1:09 PM

  • MSHA REVISES OVERLY STRINGENT WORKPLACE INSPECTION GUIDANCE

    After hearing concerns from NSSGA and other industry groups, MSHA revised new requirements for compliance with the workplace exams standard in Program Policy Letter (PPL) 30 CFR §§ 56/57.18002. The previous PPL would have further expanded the tasks required in workplace exams and the training required for examiners. Given the sweeping nature of what is covered in…

    Posted 7/27/15 at 1:32 PM

  • HOUSE PASSES COAL ASH BILL

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act,” H.R. 1734, which grants states the authority to regulate the coal ash produced from burning coal to generate electricity. Coal ash is often utilized as a component in the manufacture of concrete. The bill passed on July 22 by a margin of…

    Posted 7/24/15 at 2:35 PM

  • AGG INDUSTRY ACTION STILL REQUIRED AS SENATE TAKES UP HIGHWAY BILL

    FINAL SENATE VOTE EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK: The Senate voted to proceed to debate and consider amendments to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act by a vote of 62-36 on June 22. The DRIVE Act would extend the funding for surface transportation programs for six years, although only three…

    Posted 7/23/15 at 10:52 AM

  • SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE ADVANCES TAX EXTENSIONS

    Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee approved a $95 billion package that renewed 52 temporary tax breaks through 2016. Of specific interest to aggregate producers, the tax breaks include reinstating the 50 percent bonus depreciation and higher Section 179 expensing levels for small businesses. When these tax breaks expired on Jan. 1, 2015, Section 179 expensing…

    Posted 7/23/15 at 9:00 AM