Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association is now accepting applications for the 2015 Jennifer Curtis Byler Scholarship.  This $5,000 scholarship was created to memorialize the life and accomplishments of the daughter of Jack Curtis at L.C. Curtis and Son, a Georgia sand and gravel producer. Jennifer was a mother of four and active in…

    Posted 9/28/15 at 5:02 PM

  • MSHA RELEASES AUTUMN SAFETY ALERTS

    As the weather cools and seasons change, quarry operators and personnel may face unique safety hazards as operations prepare for the winter season and perform shutdown or repair activities. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently issued a safety alert highlighting ways operators and personnel can avoid hazards this time of year. Some…

    Posted 9/24/15 at 3:04 PM

  • IT’S EMPLOYEE VOTER REGISTRATION WEEK!

    This week is Employee Voter Registration Week and NSSGA wants to make it easy for member companies to make a difference in 2016, when Americans will elect a new president, 435 members of Congress, 34 Senators, several governors and thousands of state and local officials. Research has shown that employees consistently list their employer as…

    Posted 9/22/15 at 4:34 PM

  • Caterpillar Calling for a Long Term Highway Bill

    Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc, wrote an opinion piece for CNBC today calling for Congress to solve America’s congestion problems and invest in our infrastructure with a long-term highway bill.  Oberhelman cited a report issued by the Business Roundtable (BRT) that showed a strong U.S. public commitment to invest in world-class physical…

    Posted 9/21/15 at 9:00 AM

  • HOUSE WORKING TO PERMANENTLY EXTEND BONUS DEPRECIATION

    The House Ways and Means Committee took steps to permanently extend a tax provision that allows for a 50-percent bonus depreciation of new equipment purchases. The committee passed H.R. 2510 on Sept. 17 that could make bonus depreciation permanent along with four other tax provisions that had previously been temporary. Bonus depreciation provides a much-needed…

    Posted 9/18/15 at 4:00 PM

  • Operators Share WOTUS Concerns One-on-One with Key Lawmakers

    Advocacy efforts to build opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule are having an effect on lawmakers. Members from around the country met with their federal elected officials on Sept. 16 as part of an NSSGA advocacy fly-in.  They were encouraged to hear indications that at least one key senator…

    Posted 9/18/15 at 1:02 PM

  • NSSGA Highway Bill Letter to House

    NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson sent a letter to each and every member of the U.S. House of Representatives today urging them to support a six-year highway bill. “Your constituents in the aggregates industry implore you to do what those before you could not and pass a long-term highway bill with sufficient funding…

    Posted 9/17/15 at 5:02 PM

  • Safety and Health are Core Principles of the Aggregates Industry

    Dozens of operators from around the country participated in the NSSGA Safety and Health Committee meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Washington, D.C. Members discussed several ways that the industry can continue to improve upon its safety record.   One of the highlights was a discussion on predictive safety measure. Analyzing injury reports and data…

    Posted 9/17/15 at 9:22 AM

  • Aggregates in Action on Capitol Hill

    Representatives from aggregates operations across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. to ask their members of Congress to fund a long-term highway bill that invests in America’s infrastructure.  The NSSGA Advocacy Fly-In occurs at a time when Congress expects to take up a surface transportation reauthorization before the current funding extension expires on Oct. 29.  …

    Posted 9/16/15 at 11:51 AM

  • NSSGA Chair Asks Senators to Fight EPA’s WOTUS Rule

    NSSGA Chairman Charles S. Luck, IV, recently asked each and every U.S. Senator to support S. 1140, a bipartisan bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw and re-propose their controversial Waters of the U.S. rule. This new regulation that went into effect in late August drastically expands the EPA’s jurisdiction over areas…

    Posted 9/15/15 at 4:06 PM