Advocacy

NSSGA represents the interests of the aggregates industry proactively before Congress, the White House and the federal government's departments and agencies. It is the only association that fully represents the aggregates industry from extraction to sales.

Our issues

NSSGA’s Legislative Agenda highlights the priorities of the association. The association’s top priority is passage of a multi-year surface transportation infrastructure authorization. In addition, NSSGA focuses on the potential effects of environmental, labor and business issues, which can impose increased costs and regulatory burdens on the aggregates industry – the foundation of America’s built environment.

ROCKPAC

ROCKPAC is the only political action committee solely dedicated to advancing the aggregates industry’s priorities with federal candidates – standing up for the industry, expanding congressional awareness of it and the significant impacts of congressional actions on aggregates businesses.

ADVOCACY NEWS

  • Everything Is Bigger in Texas

    The record-breaking 2018 AGG1 Academy & Expo and World of Asphalt Show & Conference concluded a successful run, March 6-8, with a very positive atmosphere, as attendees and exhibitors conducted business and discussed issues affecting future growth, such as infrastructure funding, and industry experts shared best practices during well-attended education sessions. The co-located exhibitions were…

    Posted 3/8/18 at 1:58 PM

  • Randy Lake to Chair NSSGA

    March 8, 2018, Houston – Randy Lake, President, CRH Americas Materials, was elected Chairman of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) Board of Directors during the association’s Annual Convention in Houston. “Optimism is the strongest building material on earth, and I am optimistic about our industry’s future as this association continues to focus…

    Posted 3/8/18 at 11:53 AM

  • Breaking News from NSSGA’s Annual Convention

    Michael W. Johnson, IOM, NSSGA president and CEO, welcomed NSSGA members to the 2018 Annual Convention on Sunday, March 4. During the Opening General Session, Johnson challenged attendees to take lessons learned from the convention to improve their own skills and businesses, and become advocates for Infrastructure for America. NSSGA unveiled a new website, www.infrastructureforamerica.org,…

    Posted 3/4/18 at 7:48 PM

  • Quarries Receive Top Community Relations Honors & Stars of Excellence

    The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) proudly recognized two operations for outstanding community relations programs during the 2018 Annual Convention in Houston. FEC Quarry, a CEMEX operation in Miami, Fla., and Stringtown Quarry, a LafargeHolcim operation in Stringtown, Okla., each received a Platinum Award of Excellence. “Quarries provide good-paying jobs in addition to producing the…

    Posted 3/4/18 at 7:32 PM

  • Zatezalo calls for ‘fair and efficient’ enforcement

    Dave Zatezalo, MSHA administrator, told industry stakeholders on a recent conference call that one of his main priorities for the agency is “fair and efficient enforcement.” Zatezalo will give a keynote address during NSSGA’s Annual Convention on March 7, 2018, in Houston. Reducing injuries related to powered haulage is also a priority for Zatezalo and…

    Posted 2/16/18 at 9:37 AM

  • Circuit Court Rules on OSHA Silica Standard

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently issued a ruling that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could proceed with a respirable crystalline silica standard enacted in 2016. The Court did not give weight to studies that have shown that the aggregates industry’s compliance with current regulations has been…

    Posted 12/29/17 at 11:10 AM

  • Congress Wraps Spending Bill: Do Not Open ‘Til Xmas

    Congress staved off a government shutdown by clearing a two-week continuing resolution, H.J. Res. 123 (115), on Dec. 7, that extends current government spending levels until Dec. 22. President Donald Trump endorsed the spending patch and is expected to sign it today, Dec. 8. Lawmakers acknowledged that they will need another short-term bill to buy…

    Posted 12/8/17 at 11:54 AM

  • 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

  • Tell EPA That WOTUS Needs Clear Exemptions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on what a new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule should include. NSSGA has long fought the 2015 rule that would have allowed the federal government to regulate dry areas. The Trump administration has proposed to withdraw WOTUS and replace it with a clearer rule, and…

    Posted 10/24/17 at 3:02 PM

  • Continuing to Push Regulatory Reform

    NSSGA recently told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Fish and Wildlife Service that unreasonable delays in the permitting process are far too common for aggregates operations. Nancy Haley and Chip Smith from the Corps met in-person at NSSGA’s headquarters with Mark Williams of Luck Companies, Matt Hinck of CalPortland and NSSGA staff. They…

    Posted 10/20/17 at 10:00 AM