Monthly Archives: April 2016

  • Housing Starts Fell In March, Still Higher Than A Year Ago

    Rock Products reports that nationwide housing starts fell 8.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.089 million units in March. However, the data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department shows that overall starts are up at a double-digit rate from a year ago. Read the full story here.

    Posted 4/28/16 at 9:20 AM

  • Maryland Operators Recognized For Safety Success

    The Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association (MTBMA) recognized outstanding operators at their fourth annual safety banquet on April 22. Joseph Casper, NSSGA vice president of safety, called attention to outstanding NSSGA producer members in the state, Aggregate Industries, Blue Grass Materials, and Chaney Enterprises for success in eliminating injuries. “The success of all Maryland…

    Posted 4/27/16 at 2:35 PM

  • New Particulate Matter Rule in 2021

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft schedule for updating their particulate matter standard. According to the schedule, they are not planning to lower standards for at least another five years.  If the EPA were to lower the particulate matter standard, it could result in stricter production limits for air permits. The previous standard was issued…

    Posted 4/26/16 at 4:26 PM

  • Federal Highway Administration Rules May Seek to Reduce Emissions

    For the first time, the Federal Highway Administration is considering measuring the success of transportation projects using greenhouse gas and other air emissions.  The proposed rule, “National Performance Management Measures; Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program,” establishes new performance standards…

    Posted 4/25/16 at 12:30 PM

  • Make Sure You’re Close to the TCC Fly-In Action

    Registration is open for the annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In on May 10-11. This year’s fly-in is being held just steps from Capitol Hill at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. Join with your colleagues and advocate for the industry in D.C. Click here to create a new account and register…

    Posted 4/24/16 at 4:00 PM

  • Committee Okays Transportation Spending Bill

    The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $77.9 billion fiscal 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Affairs spending bill on April 21 by a vote of 30-0. This bill has particular significance for the aggregates industry because it provides the funding for the FAST Act, the multi-year transportation bill passed by Congress last year. The bill provides full…

    Posted 4/23/16 at 9:00 AM

  • Appellate Court Asserts Jurisdiction on WOTUS

    Before the merits of the lawsuits brought against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule can be heard, the issue of what court has jurisdiction needed to be resolved. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asserted jurisdiction to hear suits brought against the EPA by NSSGA,…

    Posted 4/22/16 at 4:00 PM

  • NSSGA Accepting Scholarship Applications!

    Calling all college students!  NSSGA is accepting applications through May 27 for the 2016 Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship. The Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to a student who plans to pursue a career in the aggregates industry. This $2,500 scholarship was created to honor the memory of the late Barry K. Wendt,…

    Posted 4/22/16 at 1:06 PM

  • Uptick in Contruction Spurs growth in Supplementary Cementious Materials

    The supplementary cementitious materials market could reach $103.2 billion by 2020, according to a BBC Research report. Read this and other stories relevant to pulverized minerals producers. This QY Research study offers a very advanced look into the global market of flue gas treatment systems for manufacturing in 2016. New study suggests that the search…

    Posted 4/21/16 at 2:51 PM

  • House Moves To Stop Waters Rule Through Spending Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives is set up to vote on the Energy and Water Appropriations bill soon, now that the bill is out of committee. The $37.4 billion bill includes a policy rider, or legal language, that stops the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and increases the budget…

    Posted 4/20/16 at 5:01 PM

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