Monthly Archives: December 2015

  • Top Ten Reasons to Attend AGG1 and Annual Convention

    The NSSGA Annual Convention and AGG1 Academy & Expo will be held in Nashville, Tenn., this March and NSSGA is so excited to be in the “Music City” that we want to highlight the top ten reasons to attend this year! Visit to register for the aggregates industry’s leading exposition and education resource.  …

    Posted 12/29/15 at 11:58 AM

  • Senate Passes TSCA Modernization Bill

    In a surprise move, the U.S. Senate approved a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) modernization bill on Dec. 17. TSCA regulates high risk chemicals and now goes to conference with the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed its version of the TSCA modernization bill earlier in the year. Remarkably in the current partisan environment that envelops…

    Posted 12/21/15 at 4:00 PM

  • Avoid Injuries from Powered Haulage Equipment

    The fifth most-common injury in the aggregates workforce is related to powered haulage. Using best practices from NSSGA and the MSHA Alliance can help avoid these types of injuries.

    Posted 12/21/15 at 1:27 PM


    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) plans to send its long-awaited final silica rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget next week according to recent reports. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposal, one of the Labor Department’s top priorities, seeks to reduce the workplace exposure limit from 100 micrograms of…

    Posted 12/18/15 at 2:27 PM

  • Calcium carbonate can replace a portion of plastic resin & provides an environmental advantage

    Calcium carbonate produced by the sedimentation of the shells of small fossilized snails, shellfish and coral over millions of years can replace a portion of plastic resin—providing strength, cost savings and an environmental advantage. Learn how one company is harvesting calcium carbonate in Bahamas and click this email to read more stories curated for NSSGA’s…

    Posted 12/17/15 at 11:56 AM

  • Congress Reaches Agreement on Year-End Funding and Tax Bills

    Congressional leaders reached agreement on bills that will extend around 50 tax breaks for businesses and families and fund government operations in 2016. The tax package contains numerous provisions that NSSGA has long supported and affect the aggregates industry. These include a permanent extension of Section 179 investment write-offs for small businesses, the research and…

    Posted 12/16/15 at 5:15 PM

  • NSSGA Promotes Occupational Health Program at NIOSH

    NSSGA’s Occupational Health Program was in focus at last week’s annual National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) workshop on safety and health for underground mines. Joseph Casper, NSSGA vice president of safety, presented industry best practices at the workshop and highlighted NSSGA’s OHP at the Louisville, Ky., meeting attended by more than 200…

    Posted 12/16/15 at 11:19 AM

  • 697 Tons in the Third Quarter

    The U.S. Geological Survey reports that about 697 million metric tons aggregates were produced and shipped in the third quarter of 2015. More via Pit and Quarry: The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the third quarter of 2015 was 291 Mt. This is a slight increase…

    Posted 12/15/15 at 5:08 PM

  • GAO Finds EPA Lobbying Broke Law

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke federal anti-lobbying laws during the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rulemaking according to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). The findings support claims of NSSGA, and other opponents of the rule, that the rulemaking process was tainted in addition to problems with the rule itself.  The GAO found that…

    Posted 12/15/15 at 11:11 AM

  • FAST Act Facts: NSSGA Explains the New Highway Bill

    With highway funding guaranteed for five years under a new law, NSSGA experts offered a positive outlook for the entire aggregates industry during a webinar on Dec. 9. “The last time we had a bill this long in highway transportation policy was 1998. It is long overdue,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO,…

    Posted 12/10/15 at 5:13 PM