Monthly Archives: February 2015

  • EPW HIGHWAYS HEARING AIMS FOR OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY PERSPECTIVE

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing Feb. 25 on surface transportation reauthorization with a focus on obtaining an “outside the Beltway” perspective. During the course of the hearing, Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and ranking member Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., pushed congressional financing committees to finding the funding needed for a long-term bill….

    Posted 2/27/15 at 6:15 PM

  • USGS: AGGREGATES PRODUCTION UP 7 PERCENT IN 2014

    According to final figures released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the projected annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2014 was 2.17 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 7 percent compared to 2013. In the final quarter of 2014, an estimated 540 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates…

    Posted 2/27/15 at 4:01 PM

  • MSHA Moves to Boost Enforcement at Troubled Mines, Provides Tools

    MSHA Administrator Joseph Main announced Feb. 25 that the agency is intensifying enforcement at mine facilities that exceed violation rates above the national average. The effort is part of the “Rules to Live By (RTLB)” program, originally implemented in 2010, to curb fatalities. Main pointedly stated that repeat offenders risk possible impact or spot inspections….

    Posted 2/26/15 at 4:38 PM

  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG LEADERS AT AGG1 AND BEYOND

    Dave Turin of Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” television series will be the keynote speaker at the Young Leaders Luncheon at NSSGA’s 2015 AGG1 Academy and Expo, March 17, 12:30 p.m., in Baltimore, Md. Turin will discuss the importance of attracting and retaining talented young leaders for the aggregates and mining industries. The event will take…

    Posted 2/26/15 at 8:46 AM

  • CONGRESS INTRODUCES LEGISLATION ON EPA SCIENTIFIC TRANSPARENCY

    House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced the Secret Science Reform Act, a bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from “proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.” The measure is similar to bipartisan House legislation passed in the…

    Posted 2/25/15 at 12:45 PM

  • NSSGA RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING GRASSROOTS CONTRIBUTIONS

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 24, 2015 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) will recognize four active advocates for their efforts to influence federal policy during 2014 at the March Annual Convention in Baltimore.  The award winners are: Robert F. Weldon III of Weldon Materials, Grasstops CEO of the Year, Brian North and Steve Whitt…

    Posted 2/24/15 at 4:39 PM

  • MAJORITY OF HOUSE SENDS LETTER TO LEADERSHIP SUPPORTING ACTION ON HIGHWAY FUNDING

    A majority of both Republicans and Democrats have signed a letter initiated by Reps. Reid Ribble, R-Wisc., Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., and Tom Reed, R-N.Y, to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urging quick action to develop a long-term sustainable revenue source for maintaining the nation’s roads, highways and bridges.  The letter,…

    Posted 2/24/15 at 4:10 PM

  • EPA STARTS PARTICULATE STANDARD REVIEW

    It’s that time again. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency  has started the next five-year particulate matter (PM) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) review, which will lead to an eventual decision on whether to revise or retain the existing fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS of 12 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3) and coarse PM (PM10)…

    Posted 2/24/15 at 1:28 PM

  • Paper Industry to Drive Global Calcium Carbonate Market to US$25.01 Billion by 2019

    Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled “Calcium Carbonate Market (GCC and PCC) for Paper, Plastic, Building & Construction and Other Applications – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 – 2019” to its report store. Read more at: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/02/17/706855/10120488/en/Paper-Industry-to-Drive-Global-Calcium-Carbonate-Market-to-US-25-01-Billion-by-2019-Transparency-Market-Research.html#sthash.FXTv79Ds.dpuf

    Posted 2/23/15 at 1:11 PM

  • KEYNOTE DAVID STILLMAN TO PRESENT ON WORKPLACE GENERATIONAL ISSUES AT NSSGA’S ANNUAL CONVENTION

    David Stillman, an expert on generational issues in the workplace and best-selling author will deliver the keynote address at NSSGA’s Annual Convention Closing General Session on Wednesday, March 18 in the Baltimore Convention Center. His presentation, “Rocking the Workplace: Leading and Engaging Four Generations,” is based on Stillman’s  book When Generations Collide: Who They Are….

    Posted 2/20/15 at 10:29 AM