Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • “CREATING A CONSENSUS” TO PASS A HIGHWAY BILL STARTS WITH YOU

    The end of this month marks one-year until MAP-21 expires. Creating a consensus among members of Congress, the media and the public to pass a new multi-year highway bill on-time must become a national priority, otherwise that year will slip by quickly leaving us with the uncertainty that short-term extensions bring. NSSGA’s Aggregates in Action…

    Posted 9/20/13 at 7:28 PM

  • WASHINGTON SENATORS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO OVERHAUL HARBOR MAINTENANCE TAX

    Washington Sens. Patty Murray (D) and Maria Cantwell (D) introduced legislation on Sept. 17 to overhaul the harbor maintenance tax.  The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century is targeted at shippers that skirt paying U.S. taxes by diverting their cargos to ports in Canada and Mexico and then trucking them in or hauling…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:24 PM

  • HOUSE READY TO PASS STRATEGIC AND CRITICAL MINERALS BILL

    The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass on Sept. 18 the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R.761), a bill that defines aggregates as “strategic and critical” to the nation’s basic infrastructure.  H.R.761 was introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:23 PM

  • HOUSE WORKFORCE PROTECTIONS CHAIRMAN HOLDS STAKEHOLDER ROUNDTABLE

    House Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) held a stakeholders roundtable on Sept. 12 to hear issues of concerns from participants including NSSGA and other construction related organizations.  Chief on the agenda was the recently proposed U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Crystalline Silica rule.  While the 700-page rule is still being reviewed and…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:21 PM

  • HOUSE LEADERS SCRAP CR AMID GOP REVOLT

    Seek Plan B… Soon after members of Congress returned to Washington to begin the fall legislative session, opposition grew quickly to the House Republican leadership’s plan to pass simultaneously a short-term continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded beyond the end of the fiscal year, and a concurrent resolution that would amend the spending…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:20 PM

  • Environmental Streamlining

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA believes that for the sake of safety, productivity and the environment, initiatives to streamline the environmental review process for highways and airports should be a top congressional priority.  While Congress acted through passage of MAP-21 to eliminate many areas of the bureaucratic maze and to eliminate or consolidate unnecessarily redundant programs, it…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:17 PM

  • Environmental Management Systems

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA encourages its members to adopt and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) program to meet its environmental requirements and improve its overall environmental performance.   BACKGROUND An EMS is a set of management tools and principles designed to guide the allocation of resources, assignment of responsibilities and ongoing evaluation of practices, procedures…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 5:52 PM

  • CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM Trade Association Prior Approval Requirement

    NSSGA POSITION The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association strongly supports eliminating the prior approval requirements for federal trade association political action committees (PACs) that have corporate members.   BACKGROUND Like many trade associations, corporations, labor unions and professional societies, NSSGA operates a federal political action committee. NSSGA’s PAC is accountable to both the association’s…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 5:30 PM

  • NSSGA SPEAKS TO TACA ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINAR

    NSSGA’s Director of Environmental Services Emily Coyner updated more than 50 attendees on NSSGA’s top environmental concerns at the Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association’s Environmental Seminar in San Antonio on Sept. 12.  Coyner briefed on:  retention of the current coarse particulate standard; recent testing for fine particulate matter emission factors; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s…

    Posted 9/18/13 at 7:41 PM

  • EPA ANNOUNCES CLEAN WATER ACT EXPANSION RULE – STONE SAND & GRAVEL PITS SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDED

    NSSGA requested this clarification in meeting with EPA… The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent its rule defining the waters of the United States to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review.  While the rule has not been released for public review, EPA’s website announcing the rule and related documents notes that…

    Posted 9/18/13 at 7:40 PM

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