Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE FINALIZES SUBCOMMITTEE ROSTERS

    House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and ranking Democrat Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., unveiled the full subcommittee rosters for the 114th Congress Jan. 27.  Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., chairs the powerful Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and District of Columbia’s Eleanor Holmes Norton will serve as senior Democrat on the subcommittee.  Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.,…

    Posted 1/30/15 at 5:30 PM

  • NSSGA BUILDING ON INITIATIVES TO REDUCE FATALITIES

    NSSGA is stepping up its efforts to disseminate effective “best practices” information on fatalities as a result of the 10 aggregates operator company workers who died in workplace accidents in 2014.  A panel presentation on fatality avoidance is scheduled for the Opening General Session of NSSGA’s 2015 Annual Convention to be held Monday, March 16,…

    Posted 1/30/15 at 2:52 PM

  • SENS. BOXER AND PAUL POISED TO INTRODUCE REPATRIATION BILL

    Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ken., plan to introduce the Invest in Transportation Act of 2015 shortly. The bipartisan bill allows U.S. companies with overseas investments to voluntarily bring foreign earnings home at a favorable (6.5 percent) tax rate in lieu of…

    Posted 1/30/15 at 11:49 AM

  • NEW CONGRESS CONTINUES FIGHT OVER EPA’S WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

    Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., introduced H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act Jan. 28, a bill designed to protect U.S. waters from federal overreach. This bill would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from improperly expanding the Clean Water Act and seizing jurisdiction over water that is currently under control…

    Posted 1/29/15 at 4:52 PM

  • SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS AWARDS ENCOURAGE INNOVATION, COMPLIANCE, IMPROVEMENTS

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) recognized aggregates operations in the United States and Canada that show an extraordinary commitment to safety, superior environmental stewardship and community involvement in 2013-2014.  The underlying goal of these annual awards is to spur innovation and encourage continual quarry improvements. Read more

    Posted 1/29/15 at 2:26 PM

  • MSHA SCHEDULES CONFERENCE CALL ON FATALITY REDUCTION PLANS IN METAL/NONMETAL, JAN. 30, 2 PM, ET

    Efforts to reduce mine fatalities in the metal/nonmetal segment will be highlighted in an MSHA-convened conference call with metal/nonmetal stakeholders scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m., ET.  NSSGA members are encouraged to participate. Following the call, NSSGA will report on key information.   WHO:    U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration WHAT: Efforts to reduce…

    Posted 1/29/15 at 10:47 AM

  • BUZZ INTENSIFIES ABOUT HIGHWAY FUNDING

    In the continuing buzz about surface transportation reauthorization, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said that his committee is working to find the money to fund a new highway bill before the May deadline. He cryptically stated, “With regard to the trust fund, we’re working on where the money is going to come from on…

    Posted 1/28/15 at 5:45 PM

  • SENATE EPW COMMITTEE KICKS OFF TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION EFFORTS

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee officially kicked off its transportation reauthorization efforts Jan. 28 with a hearing featuring panels consisting of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and the governors of Alabama and Vermont, as well as the South Dakota Secretary of Transportation. In his opening statement, Foxx was adamant and urged Congress to put…

    Posted 1/28/15 at 3:45 PM

  • SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS AWARDS ENCOURAGE INNOVATION, COMPLIANCE, IMPROVEMENTS

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 27, 2015 — The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) today recognizes the aggregates operations in the United States and Canada with an extraordinary commitment to safety, superior environmental stewardship and community involvement in 2013-2014. The underlying goal of these recognitions is to spur innovation and encourage continual quarry improvements. The…

    Posted 1/28/15 at 2:58 PM

  • VIRGINIA ACCIDENT SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF SAFE WORK PROCEDURES

    The U.S. Mine and Safety Administration (MSHA) recently reported a fatality had occurred as a result of a fall of material at a Virginia granite mine. The incident showcases the need for thoughtful accident prevention prior to each task. The worker used a torch to cut a drill bit that had been wedged in a…

    Posted 1/28/15 at 10:55 AM