Monthly Archives: September 2016

  • NSSGA Comments on Ill-Advised MSHA Proposal

    At a time in which the aggregates industry has seen the lowest injury rate in history, just 2 injuries per 200,000 hours worked in 2015, MSHA has proposed a rule that does little to improve workplace safety. “The historically low injury rates achieved by industry demonstrates a collective commitment to safe practices, and these rates…

    Posted 9/30/16 at 3:07 PM

  • NSSGA and Wildlife Habitat Council Renew Partnership

    The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and Wildlife Habitat Council renewed on Sept. 14 a shared commitment to the enhancement and restoration of wildlife habitats at aggregates operations across the U.S. Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, and Margaret O’Gorman, Wildlife Habitat Council president, signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines a shared desire…

    Posted 9/30/16 at 9:50 AM

  • Government Funded for 70 Days as House Passes WRDA

    The U.S. Senate averted a last-minute shutdown by passing a short-term continuing resolution on Sept. 28 to fund the government through Dec. 9. The bill passed 77-21 with bipartisan support and the U.S. House of Representatives then passed the measure 342-85. Highway funding will remain flat for the next 10 weeks. As part of negotiations to…

    Posted 9/29/16 at 10:30 AM

  • Digital Edition of REVIEW Available Now

    The digital edition of Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW is ready for viewing on mobile devices and tablets. Click here to read in-depth and informative articles on the importance of the coming election and sustainable practices. Find out why NSSGA experts say that more than the presidency is at stake in the elections this November….

    Posted 9/27/16 at 11:37 AM

  • Employees Look to their Companies for Voting Information

    Research has shown that employees consistently list their employer as the most credible source of information about political issues and elections affecting their job, company and industry. Sadly, nearly one quarter of eligible voters in the country were not registered to vote four years ago, and NSSGA wants to change that for these pivotal November…

    Posted 9/26/16 at 4:57 PM


    The House version of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA), H.R. 5030 has been released, and Democrats are incensed. The main point of contention is the removal of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Provision (HMTF); currently some of the fees collected are diverted for other purposes, but under the bipartisan WRDA passed out of…

    Posted 9/23/16 at 4:32 PM

  • Senate Committee Takes Aim at WOTUS Rule

    The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee released a report on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule this week, slamming the process and the final regulation jointly produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers. The WOTUS rule radically expands federal jurisdiction over waters that have little…

    Posted 9/23/16 at 1:50 PM

  • Congress to Delay Funding Increases Until After Election

    Members of Congress are likely to go home and campaign for reelection in 10 days without giving state Departments of Transportation the stability and ability to plan for infrastructure investments that were promised in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Government funding is set to expire on Sept. 30 and there is no final…

    Posted 9/20/16 at 5:31 PM

  • Now Open: Apply for NSSGA Awards

    NSSGA members can now apply for several of the association’s annual awards through an improved online application process on NSSGA’s Awards webpage. The deadline to apply for the Awards of Excellence in Community Relations, the James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional of the Year Award and Safety Excellence Awards is Nov. 1. The recipients…

    Posted 9/15/16 at 5:00 PM


    The U.S. Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a vote of 95-3, bringing an end to months of Senate uncertainty over this essential water infrastructure bill. The $10.6 billion Senate bill includes money for water infrastructure projects across the country, as well as authorizations for over 20 port, levee and dam projects….

    Posted 9/15/16 at 3:20 PM