Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • EPA Proposes Exceptional Events Rule

    The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a proposed rule that clarifies requirements of states to demonstrate nonattainment of air quality standards due to natural events. This is particularly important to states in the Western states, where events such as dust storms and forest fires can lead to air pollution levels persistently exceeding the national ambient…

    Posted 11/27/15 at 10:00 AM


    NSSGA and operators can anticipate increased regulations from the MSHA in 2016, according to the agency’s recently released Fall Regulatory Agenda. NSSGA regularly shares these agendas with the aggregates industry so that operators are alerted to any impending regulations. NSSGA continually addresses these regulations to ease burdens of compliance when possible so that operators can…

    Posted 11/25/15 at 12:24 PM

  • Calcium Carbonate Market in Focus

    To keep PMD members aware of the news affecting the industry, NSSGA regularly sweeps public databases and publications for industry-specific stories. North America is a key market for calcium carbonate, both in terms of production and end usage. This week’s stories forecast growth in the calcium carbonate market over the coming years and highlight potential…

    Posted 11/24/15 at 5:01 PM

  • The Country’s Most Congested Areas Identified

    Chicago and Los Angeles have the worst highway bottlenecks in the country, according to a new report from the American Highway Users Alliance. The report, Unclogging America’s Arteries 2015, found that Chicago had the most congested stretch of highway measured in hours in traffic, and is followed closely by six different bottlenecks in Los Angeles. …

    Posted 11/24/15 at 9:00 AM


    Starting this month, MSHA will place a special emphasis on enforcing its standards tied to entering confined spaces like bins, hoppers, silos, tanks and surge piles. A recent MSHA safety alert announced that the agency will provide resources on their standards on confined spaces as enforcement increases.  MSHA recommends conducting a hazard assessment of all…

    Posted 11/23/15 at 4:15 PM

  • 27 Percent of Injuries From Lifting, Bending, Materials Handling

    Improper lifting, loading and handling of materials caused 27 percent of all aggregate industry injuries, according to a new safety alert from NSSGA and the MSHA Alliance. Learn the best practices to reduce these injuries with this infographic, which is ideal to hang up in common areas around any operation.  

    Posted 11/23/15 at 12:09 PM


      The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) yesterday released its estimates of the costs of the House surface transportation reauthorization facilitating a serious discussion by the conferees of the funding levels of the final bill. The House accepted the Senate DRIVE Act pay fors totaling $47 billion and funding three years of the six year authorization. …

    Posted 11/18/15 at 5:14 PM


    The conference committee on surface transportation reauthorization holds its first public meeting today.  Committee members will offer opening statements and, undoubtedly pledge to work collaboratively. “We are pleased that negotiations on a final bill are underway,” said Pam Whitted, NSSGA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs. “With our Highway Materials Group partners we have…

    Posted 11/18/15 at 2:14 PM

  • What’s Required Under the Endangered Species Act?

    Only two days remain to register for November’s AGG1 Online webinar, “Don’t Let Endangered Species Act Requirements Threaten Your Project,” Nov. 19, 1-2 p.m. Eastern time. Aggregates operations are often required to undergo a review of a project’s potential to affect threatened and endangered (T&E) species in order to obtain federal and state permits. This…

    Posted 11/17/15 at 4:00 PM

  • House Sets Stage for Last Short-term Highway Extension

    With only four days until the most recent highway and transit program extension expires, the U.S. House of Representatives voted last night to extend the current transportation program authority until Dec. 4, and the U.S. Senate is likely to quickly follow the House’s lead. “The conference committee needs the time necessary to meet in public, complete…

    Posted 11/17/15 at 9:11 AM

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