Category: Uncategorized

  • 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

  • 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

  • Apply for a Community Relations Award Today

    Do you work for an aggregates operation that shows exceptional and innovative ideas when it comes to community involvement? Does your facility consistently come up with activities and programs to improve the public’s perception of the aggregates industry? Is your quarry or operation worthy and deserving of recognition? If you answered yes to any of…

    Posted 10/18/17 at 12:52 PM

  • Is Your Drone Program FAA Compliant?

    NSSGA member firm Husch Blackwell will deliver October’s AGG1 Online webinar next week to give operators tips on how to get started with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) program, The ABCs of UAVs (Thursday, Oct. 26, 3-4 p.m. ET). The use of drones has been growing in popularity in construction and aggregates applications — it provides…

    Posted 10/18/17 at 10:01 AM

  • Advocating for Aggregates at Each Branch of Government

    NSSGA and dozens of member companies advocated for the industry before Congress, the White House and U.S. Supreme Court in one day on Oct. 11, 2017. James Roberts, president and CEO of Granite Construction, spoke at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on that day. “It is time to address infrastructure…

    Posted 10/11/17 at 4:40 PM

  • Watch Live: NSSGA Member on Capitol Hill on Oct. 11

    Jim Roberts, president and CEO of Granite Construction (NSSGA member) will testify before the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Subcommittee on Highways and Transit tomorrow, at 10 a.m., Eastern time, Oct. 11, 2017, to share the industry’s perspective on the future of our nation’s highways and transit systems. He is expected to urge Congress to…

    Posted 10/10/17 at 4:13 PM