Monthly Archives: December 2014

  • EPA Finds Coal Ash Is Not Solid Hazardous Waste

    Under court deadline, the U.S. Environmental Agency’s Final Coal Ash rule released Dec. 19 regulates coal ash as a non–hazardous solid waste under the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act.  (Coal ash, a residual product from power plants, is used in Portland cement concrete as a mineral admixture, and more recently as a component of blended…

    Posted 12/29/14 at 3:30 PM

  • NSSGA’s ACRI Workshop at Agg1 Enables Operators to Effectively Fight Errant Citations

    To help operators effectively respond when MSHA citations are issued in error, NSSGA is presenting the Alternative Case Resolution Initiative (or ACRI) workshop with popular litigator, Adele Abrams. The 3-day workshop will be held March 19 to March 21 as part of NSSGA’s AGG1 Academy at the Baltimore Convention Center.  The ACRI program educates operators…

    Posted 12/29/14 at 11:27 AM

  • NIOSH AWARD SEEKS TO HIGHLIGHT MEMBERS USING TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION TO PROMOTE SAFETY & HEALTH

    Deadline Extended for Operators or M&S Members through Jan. 16. NSSGA is once again partnering with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to recognize producers or M&S members that have used technological innovations to improve the safety or health of their workforce. The winner of the Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations…

    Posted 12/23/14 at 10:34 AM

  • Anti-EPA Waters Rule Congresswoman To Lead New EPA Oversight Committee

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, incoming House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, has announced a new subcommittee called the Interior Subcommittee, which will examine policies of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as environmental and energy issues handled by other federal agencies. According to the Dec. 17 press release from Chaffetz’s office, he said,…

    Posted 12/22/14 at 10:28 AM

  • NSSGA FIGHTS FOR OPERATOR RIGHTS IN CASE AGAINST MSHA’S PATTERN OF VIOLATIONS RULE

    This week, NSSGA and other associations filed a legal challenge against the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Pattern of Violations (POV) rule. The filing was made in the federal District Court in Ohio, and requests that the court hear the case being brought by NSSGA and the other associations. The U.S. Court of Appeals…

    Posted 12/19/14 at 1:12 PM

  • NSSGA’s Digital Aggregate Offers Subscribers New Options

    Following the November release of Digital Aggregate, even more user functionality has been added to better serve the stone, sand and gravel industry. Starting today, subscribers will be able to select specific topics that interest them and receive relevant news stories and information based on those options. Ultimately, it is up to you to select…

    Posted 12/18/14 at 4:47 PM

  • ENZI TO CHAIR SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE

    Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will chair the Senate Budget Committee in the 114th Congress.  Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., current ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, was expected to step into the chairmanship when the Republicans take control of the Senate in 2015.  Then, Enzi, who has seniority on the committee, challenged Sessions for the chair. …

    Posted 12/18/14 at 3:51 PM

  • TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REPORT ON 2014 GRASSROOTS SUCCESSES, TCC FLY-IN DATE SELECTED

    Time is Running Out for You to Provide Your 2014 Grassroots Feedback Time is running out to provide NSSGA with your feedback on the 2014 grassroots contacts that you have had with your elected officials. What lawmakers have you taken on tours of your facilities? Who have you met with to urge action on transportation…

    Posted 12/18/14 at 1:25 PM

  • CONGRESS AIMS TO CUT OFF NRLB’S PRO-UNION “CARD CHECK” AGENDA

    In an ongoing review of the omnibus legislation passed to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, NSSGA wants to make members aware of the inclusion of a rider intended to halt the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) implementation of “e-Card Check.” This policy would make it easier for unions to organize company employees…

    Posted 12/18/14 at 10:00 AM

  • NLRB APPROVES UNION “AMBUSH ELECTIONS” RULE

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule Dec. 12 covering union elections, approved on a party-line 3 to 2 vote, making it easier for unions to organize company employees. While most aggregates operations are not currently unionized, this represents a drastic departure from the current election process that has been in place…

    Posted 12/17/14 at 3:00 PM