NSSGA discusses key issues at Fall Board Meeting

By |  October 17, 2014

At the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association‘s (NSSGA) Fall Board Meeting in Santa Barbara, Calif., members advanced the Rocks Build America strategic plan with consultant Glenn Tecker who led a two-day workshop. NSSGA reports that the purpose of the seminar was to align the goals of membership, the board and association staff to strengthen the aggregates industry.

“Harnessing the energy of the entire membership to grow the scope, size and influence of NSSGA will ultimately serve the best interests of every aggregates producer and the companies that support them,” said NSSGA President and CEO Mike Johnson.

According to the association, members heard from the association’s various divisions on a wide range of successes, challenges and future plans. The group reports that the most pressing topic on the legislative and regulatory front is NSSGA’s push to get Congress to pass a multiyear, well-funded surface transportation bill before the end of the calendar year.

NSSGA actively supported the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act passed by the House in September and is encouraging the Senate to support a companion bill. NSSGA’s current “Get Out The Vote” campaign is to ensure that the aggregates industry has a strong voice on Election Day.

Also during the event, CEOs of smaller aggregate companies met to discuss operational, regulatory and legislative issues. NSSGA reports that the operators were briefed on key issues such as the ongoing push for Congress to act fix the Highway Trust Fund before the end of the year; MSHA enforcement issues, such as the civil penalties rule proposal; and environmental issues.

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Darren Constantino is an editor of Pit & Quarry magazine. He can be reached at dconstantino@northcoastmedia.net.

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