Monthly Archives: August 2017

  • M&S Division Awards 2017 Barry K. Wendt Scholarship

    Photo: Dr. Erik Westman, head of Virginia Tech’s department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, presents the 2017 Barry K. Wendt Scholarship certificate to Gregory Meyer. NSSGA’s Manufacturers & Services (M&S) Division selected Gregory Meyer, a senior at Virginia Tech, as the recipient of the 2017 Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship. Meyer, who is pursuing a…

    Posted 8/31/17 at 8:00 AM

  • Outstanding Operations to Receive Safety Awards

    ALEXANDRIA, VA., Aug. 30, 2017 – The National Stone Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) today proudly announced the recipients of the 2017 Safety Excellence and Sterling Safety Awards. “Aggregates operations across the country continue to demonstrate a remarkable commitment to safety by reducing the industry injury rate for 16 straight years, with a record low rate…

    Posted 8/30/17 at 2:19 PM

  • Registration Deadline for D.C. Tours is Aug. 30

    Register for the new Legislative & Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting and take part in the great tours and activities you can only experience in Washington, D.C. Deadline to register for special tours and events is Aug. 30. Offered as an add-on to the forum registration, these tours will offer an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at some…

    Posted 8/28/17 at 8:30 AM

  • Temporary MSHA Assistant Secretary Chosen

    The Trump administration today announced that Wayne Palmer will serve as acting assistant secretary for MSHA until a permanent appointee is nominated and confirmed. Palmer has been serving as Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s chief of staff and previously served as chief of staff for former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., an outspoken supporter of regulatory reform….

    Posted 8/21/17 at 2:15 PM

  • Giveaway: Live the Suite Life in D.C.

    With just a few weeks to go until NSSGA’s 2017 Legislative and Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting, time is running out to enter our Suite Life contest. Enter to win a FREE upgrade to a suite during your stay if you sign up and book your room by Aug. 24. Register for the Legislative & Policy Forum/Fall…

    Posted 8/21/17 at 8:00 AM

  • Stay Current on Regulatory Reform Efforts

    NSSGA’s Regulatory Reform Page has all the information needed to keep up to date on the industry’s efforts to advise the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and other agencies on burdensome and unnecessary regulations. The page features an array of existing regulations, including EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule and…

    Posted 8/17/17 at 7:30 AM

  • White House Wants to Streamline Highway Permitting

    President Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 15 that streamlines the complex federal permitting process before work on vital infrastructure projects can begin. By “establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects,” the president said that he hopes to reduce a typical highway permitting process from 17 years…

    Posted 8/16/17 at 4:45 PM

  • VIDEO: Congress Wants to Hear From You in D.C.

    NSSGA met with three influential members of Congress to discuss transportation infrastructure and the importance of advocating for the aggregates industry in person. Hear what Reps. Sam Graves, R-Mo., Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Jeff Denham, R-Calif., have to say in this video, then join them and other lawmakers at NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum/Fall Board…

    Posted 8/10/17 at 5:05 PM

  • Distance Learning Programs Now Enrolling for 2017-2018

    Aggregates industry professionals who want to improve their skills while staying on the job can now enroll in the 2017-2018 NSSGA/Institute of Quarrying distance learning programs, the one-year Graduate/Management Conversion Program and the three-year Junior Management Program. These programs—which are overseen by NSSGA’s Meetings & Education Committee—combine online educational content, accessed through a learning management…

    Posted 8/10/17 at 9:00 AM

  • Your Comments Needed to Help EPA Ditch WOTUS Rule

    NSSGA needs you to send comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the repeal of the controversial 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule. As written, the rule would have;   Allowed the federal government to regulate dry streambeds and isolated wetlands. Negatively impacted the permitting process for aggregates operations. Increased the…

    Posted 8/8/17 at 3:00 PM