Category: Government

  • Industry Equipment Included in Tariffs

    Machinery used by aggregates operations is on a list of Chinese imports that will be subject to a 25 percent duty beginning July 6, 2018. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced a list of Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes that classified hundreds of goods subject to the increased tariff. The list includes seven entries…

    Posted 6/15/18 at 1:24 PM

  • Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill Passes House

    NSSGA welcomed the passage of the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a bipartisan vote of 408-2 on June 6, 2018. This critical legislation invests $2.7 billion dollars in America’s ports, dams, locks and other key water infrastructure projects. Passage of this bill is a necessary step in multimodal infrastructure investment…

    Posted 6/7/18 at 8:14 AM

  • NSSGA Podcast: Leadership Lessons from NSSGA’s Chairman

    In this episode of NSSGA’s podcast, Randy Lake, president of CRH Americas Materials and NSSGA chairman, shares advice on leadership and building a successful career in the aggregates industry. He also discusses the importance of mentors and building a network of peers to career growth. Looking at the news, NSSGA’s government relations staff provide their…

    Posted 5/29/18 at 1:59 PM

  • White House Announces Regulatory Priorities

    The Trump administration recently released its Spring Regulatory Agenda, outlining the actions federal agencies intend to prioritize in the coming year. Updating and clarifying the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Waters of the U.S. rule is high on the administration’s list. NSSGA attended a meeting at the White House on May 10, 2018, as part of…

    Posted 5/21/18 at 2:54 PM

  • NSSGA Podcast: Rep. Sam Graves on Infrastructure

    In this episode of NSSGA’s podcast, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., talks about his commitment to streamlining permits and funding infrastructure improvements. Graves discusses how the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee can help ensure that the Highway Trust Fund remains solvent and prepare for future technology. “We are a country that’s on the move. Everything travels…

    Posted 5/4/18 at 4:42 PM

  • House Approves FAA Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan, five-year Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization today by a vote of 393 to 13. H.R. 4 includes an additional $5.3 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding to bring spending on airport runways, taxiways, aprons and roads to $25.4 billion through fiscal year 2023. Next, the Senate must bring…

    Posted 4/27/18 at 3:26 PM

  • NSSGA Says Consistency is Key on Regulations and Funding

    Bill Schmitz of Gernatt Gravel Products, Inc. in Collins, N.Y., told the House Small Business Committee consistency and clarity should be a priority in federal decision-making. He also emphasized the importance of regulatory reform and a strong federal investment in efforts to fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. “When Congress delays the enactment of a highway…

    Posted 4/25/18 at 3:14 PM

  • MSHA Adding Time to Comply with Exams Rule

    MSHA told NSSGA that the agency will not issue citations related to the new Workplace Exams Rule until Oct. 1, 2018. This move will give operators time to understand the rule and the agency time to provide additional compliance assistance. However, the agency may issue citations in the case of extremely dangerous hazards. MSHA published a final rule…

    Posted 4/24/18 at 6:52 PM

  • NSSGA Podcast: Omnibus Bill and MSHA’s Small Mines Office

    Where did MSHA’s Office of Small Mines go? Established in 2003, the office offered compliance assistance to operators – particularly small quarries – prior to inspections. The office, which was independent of the inspectorate, was folded into the agency’s field services arm in recent years and is hard to find now. “All it tried to do … was…

    Posted 4/17/18 at 3:44 PM

  • Two-Year Review for Federal Projects

    Twelve federal agencies agreed to limit National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews to two years and assign a specific agency to lead the review. The move furthers part of the Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal to streamline permits. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers and the Departments of the Interior and Transportation signed…

    Posted 4/12/18 at 11:00 AM