Monthly Archives: August 2016

  • Join the Fight to Advance Our Industry’s Agenda in Washington

    Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections responsible for rigorous oversight of MSHA, will address operators at the NSSGA’s Advocacy Day on Tuesday, Sept. 13. This annual event enables NSSGA members to come to Capitol Hill and educate members of Congress on the costs of excessive regulation, as well…

    Posted 8/31/16 at 5:50 PM

  • ASGCO®’s Super-Skalper HD® – The Most Effective Belt Cleaning System for High-Speed, High Volume Conveyors in the Toughest Environments.

    The Super-Skalper® HD conveyor belt pre-cleaner can tackle the toughest carry-back applications. The Super-Skalper® blade provides carry-back removal for high-speed belts, large head pulleys and large sizes and volumes of material, typically found in above and below ground mining.

    Posted 8/30/16 at 4:00 PM

  • MSHA Extends Comment Deadlines on Two Regulations

    MSHA agreed to a longer comment period on two regulatory items this week. One proposed regulation would requires workplace examinations before work begins and operators to document any hazards found, and the other is MSHA’s request for information on exposure to diesel exhaust in underground operations. Stakeholders’ perspective on the proposed workplace exams rule is due by Sept….

    Posted 8/26/16 at 5:00 PM

  • Airport Runway Aggregates in Focus

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to update their specifications for aggregates used in airport runways over the next year. NSSGA members were welcomed by FAA pavement engineers on Aug. 22 to discuss the physical and chemical characteristics of aggregates for runways along with size requirements and sampling and testing processes. Right now, operators…

    Posted 8/25/16 at 5:30 PM

  • NSSGA Comments on EPA Risk Assessment Process

    NSSGA has submitted preliminary comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning a forthcoming process that the agency will use to conduct chemical risk assessments. This process will determine if and how EPA will attempt to further regulate common rock dust. EPA is required to revise its current process by June 2017 in accordance with…

    Posted 8/25/16 at 3:26 PM

  • Stay Alert and Don’t Get Hurt

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    Posted 8/24/16 at 5:20 PM

  • Preorder the Aggregates Industry Compensation Survey

    Preorder your copy of the 2016-2017 Aggregates Industry Compensation Survey, now available for NSSGA members! Find clear and easy-to-read tables about salaried and hourly positions in the aggregates industry. This comprehensive survey includes data from 66 salaried positions and base wage summaries of 14 hourly positions. The data in this survey is organized by many…

    Posted 8/24/16 at 11:59 AM

  • Aggregates Production Up in 2016

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports that aggregates production is up 10 percent in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015. An estimated 1.09 billion metric tons of construction aggregates have been produced this year, according to Crushed Stone and Sand and Gravel in the Second Quarter 2016. An estimated 377 million…

    Posted 8/19/16 at 12:06 PM

  • Improving CO2 Capture of Limestone

    Improving CO2 Capture of Limestone   The dry planetary ball milling method was used to improve the carbon dioxide capture performance of limestone. For these and other stories cultivated for PMD members, please read this week’s PMD Newsline. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b01131   Zelman Capital Reduces Its Stake in Headwaters Inc. Reducing its stake by 2.7 percent, Zelman…

    Posted 8/18/16 at 1:52 PM

  • Clinton and Trump Agree on Infrastructure Needs

    Perhaps Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump could succeed where President Obama and Congress have failed in recent years. Both presidential candidates want to spend billions on transportation infrastructure to create jobs and spur economic growth. “It is good to see that these two candidates can agree on one thing. There is no doubt that improving…

    Posted 8/17/16 at 4:00 PM