Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • TAKE TIME THIS RECESS TO MEET MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

    Congress is home until the week of June 1 for the Memorial Day recess. With MAP-21 now extended through the end of July, aggregate industry grassroots activists need to tell members of Congress that no more short-term extensions are acceptable. Congress should pass a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization by the end of July 2015. Doing…

    Posted 5/28/15 at 1:00 PM

  • EPA RELEASES SSM RULE AND SPRING AGENDA

    EPA has issued a final rule forcing states to scrap startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) air emissions exemptions in their air quality plans, ceding to environmentalists’ demands that the long-standing practice is unlawful.  Previously, facilities have often been allowed to be exempted from strict Clean Air Act limits during SSM events by state permits. NSSGA submitted comments on the…

    Posted 5/28/15 at 9:00 AM

  • FINAL WATERS OF U.S. RULE WILL ADVERSELY IMPACT INDUSTRY AND INFRASTRUCTURE

      EPA has released its final Waters of the U.S. Rule, which significantly expands the federal government’s jurisdiction beyond legal limits, but, in a win for the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), quarry and construction pits are specifically excluded. “While we appreciate the clarity for existing operations not being considered Waters of the U.S., the…

    Posted 5/27/15 at 5:05 PM

  • FINAL WATERS OF U.S. RULE MIXED BAG FOR AGGREGATES INDUSTRY, INFRASTRUCTURE

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 27, 2015– EPA has released its final Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS), which significantly expands the federal government’s jurisdiction beyond legal limits, but, in a win for the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), existing quarry and construction pits are specifically excluded.  The rule will subject additional areas, such as dry stream beds,…

    Posted 5/27/15 at 4:46 PM

  • CONGRESS ADDS TWO MONTHS TO HIGHWAY PROGRAM, RETURNS HOME FOR IN DISTRICT EVENTS

    Congress will be home next week for the Memorial Day recess. With MAP-21 now extended through the end of July, NSSGA members are urged to tell Congress that enough is enough with the short-term extensions. Members usually schedule district office hours to meet with constituents to discuss pressing issues, such as spending the next two…

    Posted 5/23/15 at 8:47 AM

  • NSSGA ADVOCACY ON WATERS OF THE U.S. REGULATION CONTINUES AT FULL THROTTLE

    The Senate Environment and Public Works committee held a “Legislative Hearing on S. 1140, The Federal Water Quality Protection Act” May 19. This legislation would halt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rulemaking on Waters of the United States and force the EPA to repurpose the rule after consulting with states, small businesses, and industry.  The…

    Posted 5/21/15 at 4:30 PM

  • Highway Materials Group letter on House Extension of Highway Program

    May 19, 2015   Dear Congressman: As the House of Representatives/Senate pave the way for a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund contract authority and expenditure authority, we urge Congress to use this time to solve the Highway Trust Fund crisis and enact a six-year surface transportation authorization bill to stabilize and increase HTF…

    Posted 5/21/15 at 3:25 PM

  • 2015 HMG Infrastructure Week Letter to Congressional Leadership

    May 13, 2015   The Honorable Mitch McConnell              The Honorable John Boehner Majority Leader                                            Speaker of the House U.S. Senate                …

    Posted 5/20/15 at 6:29 PM

  • Letter to Congress on Budget Resolution and Highway Funding

    May 11, 2015   The Honorable Mitch McConnell         The Honorable John Boehner Majority Leader                                       Speaker of the House U.S. Senate                        …

    Posted 5/20/15 at 6:27 PM

  • Letter to Ribble and Renacci Supporting Highway Funding

     April 13, 2015   The Honorable Reid Ribble                                        The Honorable Jim Renacci U.S. House of Representatives                                   U.S. House of…

    Posted 5/20/15 at 6:21 PM