Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Your Vote Matters

    When employees of aggregates operations or manufacturers and services companies vote, the industry’s voice is heard. Tomorrow, voters in many states will cast their ballots on Super Tuesday and it is critical that anyone in the aggregates industry vote in presidential and congressional elections. Refer to the chart below to see when your vote is…

    Posted 2/29/16 at 4:34 PM

  • Critical Habitat Definition Will Expand

    The definition of a critical habitat will expand from an “area occupied by species at the time it is listed” to areas that a species may occupy in the future due to climate change or other factors. This is according to final rules from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and National Marine Fisheries Service allow…

    Posted 2/25/16 at 12:00 PM

  • Commission Relies on NSSGA Brief in Ruling Against MSHA Citations

    NSSGA is pleased with a unanimous decision from the Mine Safety and Health Review Commission that an MSHA inspector erroneously issued two citations to D&B Drilling in 2012. The commission let stand an administrative law judge’s ruling from 2013 that said the inspector erred by issuing citations for an operator allegedly not attending his drill,…

    Posted 2/24/16 at 4:00 PM

  • Legal Symposium Provides Critical Insights

    Risk managers, principals and attorneys will benefit from NSSGA’s Legal Symposium Strategies for mitigating legal risks to operators will be featured at NSSGA’s annual Legal Symposium on Wednesday, March 23, during the NSSGA Annual Convention and AGG1 Academy & Expo. The day-long symposium will deliver insights on critical legal issues confronting stone, sand and gravel…

    Posted 2/24/16 at 12:01 PM

  • Martin Marietta Creates Over 400 Jobs in Colorado

    Martin Marietta Materials will add more than 400 jobs to the Rocky Mountain Division in Colorado with the acquisition of Rocky Mountain Materials & Asphalt and Rocky Mountain Premix companies, which are both based in Colorado Springs. Most of the new jobs will be at Red Canyon Quarry, a granite and limestone quarry also in Colorado…

    Posted 2/23/16 at 7:00 PM

  • Quarry Deemed Local Wildlife Site

    The former site of a Tarmac sand and gravel quarry in Eardington, a small village in Shropshire, England, has been deemed a “Local Wildlife Site” by Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The official status recognized the Eardington Nature Reserve as an area that is home to rare species of animals from around the country. “Former quarries can become…

    Posted 2/23/16 at 1:13 PM

  • NSSGA Furthers Legal Challenge to MSHA’s Pattern of Violations Rule

    A district court judge in Southern Ohio will hear arguments on April 12 on whether the District Court of Southern Ohio should hear that case against MSHA’s Pattern of Violations (POV) rule brought up by NSSGA and other associations. There are several substantial problems with the POV rule, most notably that it ignores the due…

    Posted 2/22/16 at 10:21 AM

  • Drones and Mining Webinar

    Register now for NSSGA’s upcoming webinar, Drones and Mining, Feb. 25, 1-2 p.m. ET. There’s been a lot of buzz about the use of drones in the aggregates industry. In just one hour, you’ll learn how operators are using aerial images from drones to improve stockpile measurements, mine planning and operations. Jon Layne, of Sully-Miller,…

    Posted 2/20/16 at 1:00 AM

  • President’s Budget Proposal Shuffles Funding for Water Infrastructure

    In a strange realignment, President Obama’s proposed fiscal 2017 budget reduces funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) while increasing funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.  NSSGA has long supported full funding for the EPA’s SRF, which provides loans to improve state and local water quality, and the President’s budget…

    Posted 2/19/16 at 1:54 PM

  • Matthew Bunner Named Safety & Health Professional of the Year

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 18, 2016 – Matthew Bunner, safety manager for Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc., has been named the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s 2015 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional of the Year. The award recognizes an individual for substantial contributions and commitment to safe and healthy operating practices within his or her…

    Posted 2/18/16 at 4:38 PM

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