Monthly Archives: October 2015

  • Senate Passes Large-scale Budget Deal

    Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed a two-year budget deal that will spare the nation from defaulting on its loans and avoid shutdown threats through 2017. The measure goes to the President’s desk for his signature after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the same measure earlier this week. Though not perfect, the agreement raises…

    Posted 10/30/15 at 2:05 PM

  • NEXT WEEK: HOUSE TACKLES HIGHWAY BILL, SENATE TAKES UP WOTUS WITHDRAWAL

    Congress will address NSSGA’s top legislative priorities next week and we will soon ask for your help. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider its version of a six-year highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reform and Reauthorization Act, H.R. 3763, beginning as early as Tuesday, Nov. 3.  Also, the U.S. Senate will begin…

    Posted 10/30/15 at 9:00 AM

  • NSSGA MAKES CASE FOR RISK-BASED ENFORCEMENT TO MSHA

    NSSGA’s message to MSHA at a recent stakeholder meeting was clear. “MSHA enforcement should focus on areas of greatest risk,” said Joseph Casper, NSSGA vice president for safety, at the Charlotte, N.C., meeting on Oct. 22. MSHA Administrator Joe Main, Metal/Nonmetal Administrator Neal Merrifield and Southeast District Manager Sam Pierce attended the meeting along with…

    Posted 10/29/15 at 12:37 PM

  • Congress Could Stop WOTUS with Enough Support

    The U.S. Senate is expected to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) this week to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s widely opposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Though rarely used, the CRA allows Congress to review major rules issued by federal agencies.  Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, has taken the lead on the vote and…

    Posted 10/28/15 at 4:11 PM

  • Awards Application Deadline Extended

    NSSGA member companies now have until Nov. 16 to apply for a 2016 NSSGA Award of Excellence. NSSGA offers a variety of company and individual recognitions to highlight the industry’s best practices and innovative companies, who operate safely, engage their communities and are stewards of the environment. The association will also award individual honors to…

    Posted 10/27/15 at 9:15 AM

  • Funding Extension Paves Way for Long-Term Transportation Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a 35th consecutive short-term extension on Tuesday, Oct. 27, to authorize the surface transportation program until Nov. 20. The bill, H.R. 3819, now heads to the U.S. Senate for approval and will ultimately buy Congress 21 days to get a long term transportation bill to the President’s desk before Thanksgiving.  …

    Posted 10/26/15 at 9:34 PM

  • Ohio Aggregates In Action

    Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, recently toured a Hilltop Basic Resources facility near Cincinnati to meet with local aggregates producers, members of the Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association, NSSGA and the Highway Materials Group. Pat Jacomet, president of the state aggregates group, and John Steele, president of Hilltop Basic Resources and vice chairman of NSSGA’s…

    Posted 10/23/15 at 4:00 PM

  • PMD Newsline: Carbon-Neutral Cement Manufacturing

    Carbon-Neutral Cement Manufacturing New research could eventually lead to methods of cement production that give off no carbon dioxide. forconstructionpros.com   Innovations in thermal storage The U.S. Department of Energy and Southern Research, a nonprofit R&D organization, have teamed up for a three-year test of new thermal storage technology for solar thermal power plants. energybiz.com…

    Posted 10/23/15 at 3:53 PM

  • HOUSE PASSES BILL DEFINING SAND AND GRAVEL AS STRATEGIC AND CRITICAL

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1937, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015, by a vote of 254-177 on Oct. 22. Sand, gravel and minerals necessary for transportation infrastructure construction were included in the definition of strategic and critical minerals, despite the efforts of some lawmakers to delete them from…

    Posted 10/23/15 at 12:05 PM

  • House Committee Advances Highway Bill

    With only seven days left before funding for federal transportation projects expires, NSSGA welcomed progress made by the U.S. House of Representatives on a surface transportation reauthorization bill that authorizes road, highway and bridge projects through fiscal 2021. “As the industry that supplies the essential building materials for our nation’s roads and highways, we are…

    Posted 10/22/15 at 6:00 PM

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