Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • CRYSTALLINE SILICA AMENDMENT INCLUDED IN SENATE SPENDING BILL

    The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal 2016 appropriations bills funding the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Labor on June 25, addressing two key concerns for the aggregates industry. The committee adopted an amendment from Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., that would prevent any new “regulations relating to occupational exposure to respirable crystalline…

    Posted 6/30/15 at 9:00 AM

  • FINAL WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE RELEASED IN FEDERAL REGISTER

    The final Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) is in today’s Federal Register, which makes the effective date of the new rule Aug. 28.  This rule significantly expands the federal government’s jurisdiction beyond legal limits and will make permitting and expanding aggregates facilities more costly and difficult, which in turn will drive up the cost…

    Posted 6/29/15 at 4:39 PM

  • Calcium Evaluated for Energy Storage

    They Keep Going, And Going, And Going … It turns out that lithium batteries may not be the only ones to power smartphones, automobiles or grids. Scientists with the Advanced Calcium Batteries project are looking into using calcium for batteries, because its wide availability and electrochemical potential makes it an enticing – and even rechargeable…

    Posted 6/29/15 at 2:06 PM

  • STUDY OF NEAR-HIT INCIDENTS TO AID IN INJURY AVOIDANCE

    The CEO Safety Newsletter published by the MSHA-NSSGA Alliance is promoting the study on near-hit incidents (i.e., those cases in which a potentially serious injury was averted).  The goal is how management and workers can effectively address hazards for a safer workplace.  Alliance co-chairs Louis Griesemer of Springfield Underground, and Neal Merrifield of MSHA urge…

    Posted 6/29/15 at 1:13 PM

  • House Appropriations Committee Moves on NSSGA Concerns

    The House Appropriations Committee approved the 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill on June 24 after addressing concerns NSSGA raised on three key issues for members: the OSHA Crystalline Silica rule, storage of ammonium nitrate and a rider dealing with the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush elections” rule. According to the committee report…

    Posted 6/26/15 at 11:57 AM

  • NSSGA SOLICITS INPUT ON TOPICS FOR 2016 LEGAL SYMPOSIUM

    NSSGA has begun planning for the NSSGA Legal Symposium scheduled for March 2016 in Nashville, Tenn. We seek member input for topics of legal presentations that comprise the Symposium.  The Legal Symposium is an excellent opportunity for counsel, as well as risk managers, to meet and discuss the legal aspects of the most pressing issues…

    Posted 6/25/15 at 12:56 PM

  • NSSGA Welcomes Transportation Bill’s Progress in Senate, Hurdles Remain

    Today, the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee unanimously approved a bill that would spend approximately $275 billion on the nation’s infrastructure over six years. While the bill, seen publicly Tuesday for the first time, lacks a method to fund projects, Michael W. Johnson president and CEO of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association…

    Posted 6/24/15 at 3:28 PM

  • NSSGA HIGHLIGHTS SAFETY IDEAS & MSHA REMINDS OF MOUNTING 105c CLAIMS

    Creative strategies for eliminating safety hazards were highlighted last Friday by Joseph Casper, NSSGA’s VP for safety, at the annual meeting of the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association, held in Cambridge, MD.  NSSGA is committed to using all possible opportunities such as state association meetings like this, MSHA stakeholder meetings, etc., to widely disseminate ideas…

    Posted 6/24/15 at 9:00 AM

  • SENATORS INTRODUCE HIGHWAY BILL

    ‘DRIVE Act’ adds $8 billion to Fund ROADS, Bridges through 2021 ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 23, 2015– The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee introduced a six-year bill to fund the upkeep and expansion of the nation’s roads, highways and bridges. While the bill is an increase over its predecessor, MAP-21,…

    Posted 6/23/15 at 2:17 PM

  • BUSY WEEK AHEAD ON TRANSPORTATION

    As the clock ticks down to the July 31 expiration of the current highway act extension, discussion of surface transportation reauthorization heats up.  Two hearings are scheduled this week on highway funding. The House Ways and Means Special Revenues Subcommittee chaired by Rep. David Reichert, R-Wash., is holding a June 24 hearing on taxing repatriated…

    Posted 6/23/15 at 10:58 AM

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