Monthly Archives: November 2017

  • Urging Congress to Invest in Critical Airport Improvements

    Joining with 51 other manufacturing and airport industry stakeholders, NSSGA sent a letter to Capitol Hill yesterday urging Congress to improve aviation infrastructure across the country by modernizing the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and increasing funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) in the expected 2018 omnibus bill. Both of these key wins for airport infrastructure improvements were included in…

    Posted 11/28/17 at 4:20 PM

  • Community Relations Awards Close This Week

    The popular Excellence in Community Relations Award program will be accepting applications until Dec. 1, 2017.  The recognition showcases efforts by an operation to connect with their local community and to better the public perception of the aggregates industry. Gold, silver and bronze award winners will be announced in early 2018.  The prestigious Platinum award…

    Posted 11/22/17 at 10:42 AM

  • NSSGA Podcast: The Latest on Tax Reform

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping rewrite of the tax code today. As the U.S. Senate continues to craft its own tax reform bill, Laura O’Neill-Kaumo, NSSGA senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs, discussed what’s at stake for the aggregates industry with Patrick Dunne, NSSGA communications director.

    Posted 11/16/17 at 1:39 PM

  • Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA

    David Zatezalo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Labor overseeing MSHA with a vote of 52-46 on Nov. 15, 2017. During his confirmation process, Zatezalo told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that he would seek more consistent enforcement from agency officials and improved use of technology…

    Posted 11/15/17 at 4:55 PM

  • Industry’s Highest Award Now Accepting Nominations

    NSSGA is seeking nominations for the 2018 Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award until Jan. 5, 2018, which is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies commitment to family, career and the aggregates industry. To submit a nomination, please fill out the online nomination form and contact Catherine Whalen, NSSGA director of education, at…

    Posted 11/14/17 at 5:29 PM

  • MSHA Brings on Aggregates Veteran

    Aggregates industry veteran Ed Elliott joined MSHA as a senior advisor to the acting assistant secretary. With a 30-year career in the aggregates industry, recently working as director of safety and health for Rogers Group, Inc., Elliott truly understands safety at quarries and pits. He will work directly with acting MSHA Assistant Secretary Wayne Palmer…

    Posted 11/13/17 at 3:02 PM

  • Advocating for Highway Trust Fund in Senate Tax Bill

    In advance of the U.S. Senate’s release of their proposed revision of the tax code, NSSGA and the Highway Materials Group (HMG) asked key lawmakers to address the long-term sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) as part of any comprehensive agreement on tax reform. The group outlined the need for maintaining the tax-exempt status…

    Posted 11/9/17 at 5:19 PM

  • Recall Alert: Check Your Fire Extinguishers

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of 134 different models of Kidde fire extinguishers made between January 1973 and August 2017. Plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers are being recalled. Find details and the models being recalled at this link. MSHA also issued an Equipment Hazard Alert on the Kidde…

    Posted 11/9/17 at 10:11 AM

  • Administration Moves to Delay 2015 WOTUS Rule

    As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule jurisdiction, the White House is reviewing a proposed amendment that would delay the 2015 rule. This amendment would guarantee the administration time to propose a new WOTUS rule without the 2015 rule taking effect. The WOTUS rule enacted under the Obama administration was…

    Posted 11/8/17 at 2:58 PM

  • Tax Plan Details Emerge

    NSSGA welcomed the release of a tax reform plan from the House of Representatives today that includes some key elements such as deductions and exemptions that the association fought to preserve. “While we need to look further into how this proposal impacts the aggregates industry, particularly related to bonds, we appreciate the preservation of some…

    Posted 11/2/17 at 3:10 PM