Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • What If 10-Story Buildings Were Made of Wood?

    The Timber Innovation Act (TIA) provides federal funding and promotion of wood as a tall building material, defined as over 10 stories. The bill H.R. 5628 and S. 2892, is currently being discussed in Congress and could have important impacts on the aggregates industry. Join a free webinar at 2 p.m., Eastern time, Thursday, Nov….

    Posted 10/31/16 at 5:15 PM

  • Awards Deadline Extended Until Nov. 15

    NSSGA members have until Nov. 15 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. The recipients of these awards will be recognized at NSSGA’s Annual Convention, March 3-7, 2017, in Las Vegas ahead of CONEXPO-CON/AGG, which runs from March…

    Posted 10/28/16 at 2:00 AM

  • WOTUS Rule Flawed, Says Congressional Committee

    The process that led to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule “was rife with legal shortcuts, predetermined conclusions, and politically-driven timelines,” according to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a report released today, the committee outlined the flawed process that led administration staff to bypass regulatory protocols…

    Posted 10/27/16 at 6:00 PM

  • Know Where the Candidates Stand Before Voting

    Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have each promised to make increased infrastructure spending a priority should they win the upcoming election. Investing in our nation’s infrastructure is a key priority for anyone who works in the aggregates industry, but there are additional issues that voters should also consider when casting their ballots on…

    Posted 10/27/16 at 12:15 PM

  • Industry Sees Safest Year Yet

    Fiscal 2016 was the safest year in mining, ever. According to MSHA, there were a record-low number of 24 fatalities at more than 13,000 operations across the country from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 31, 2016. Looking just at aggregates, injuries are down to just 2 per 200,000 hours worked for 2015. “Each year for…

    Posted 10/20/16 at 7:30 PM

  • New Standard Shows Ground Calcium Carbonate Enhances Concrete

    New Standard Enhances Concrete New specification for ground calcium carbonate and aggregate mineral fillers will be useful for producers who work with various forms of concrete. Read this edition of PMD Newsline for this and other stories cultivated for producers of pulverized minerals. Read more at For Construction Pros.   Ground and Precipitated Calcium Carbonate…

    Posted 10/20/16 at 3:56 PM

  • Demand for Cement and Concrete Additives Expected to Grow

    The demand for cement and additives for concrete is expected to grow by 7 percent each year through 2020, putting the value at $4 billion that year. Concrete consumption is on the rise due to increased construction according to The Freedonia Group, an industry research firm based in Cleveland, as is the demand for additives….

    Posted 10/18/16 at 7:45 PM

  • Regulatory Topics Box Score

    NSSGA compiles a snapshot of regulatory updates for members of the Pulverized Mineral Division. Check out this monthly glimpse of regulatory issues affecting the aggregates industry, including key permitting issues. http://www.nssga.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PMD-Scorecard-101316.pdf

    Posted 10/13/16 at 2:00 PM

  • NSSGA Comments Influence EPA Rule

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accepted guidance from NSSGA to limit the negative effect that natural events can have on operators’ air permits. Several of the NSSGA comments submitted to EPA  on the proposed rule were reflected in the final rule which clarifies EPA’s treatment of exceptional events.  Exceptional events are unusual or naturally occurring events…

    Posted 10/13/16 at 12:32 PM

  • Gas Tax Increase Ends Construction Freeze in New Jersey

    Lawmakers in New Jersey approved a 23 cents-a-gallon increase on gasoline in order to pay for much-needed transportation projects and end a statewide construction freeze. It is the first increase in taxes on gasoline in the state since 1988. The new tax may take effect this month and will be offset by a sales tax…

    Posted 10/12/16 at 5:15 PM

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