What’s next for silica, air quality and other key issues?

By |  July 16, 2020
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Some development is expected this year from MSHA on respirable crystalline silica. Photo: iStock.com/gobalink

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) offered insights on the Trump administration’s updated regulatory agenda, which includes issues such as respirable crystalline silica, air quality and permitting.

The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), for example, intends to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on respirable crystalline silica, the association reports. The NPRM is expected in August.

A proposed rule on powered haulage equipment, meanwhile, is anticipated this month. According to NSSGA, the rule will include a potential safety program for mobile equipment at surface and underground mines.

In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is expected to bring forth its final National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Particulate Matter rule in December. In yet another area impacting the aggregate industry, the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed changes to nationwide permits are listed on the agenda as being released in June, although that target timeframe has already passed.

According to NSSGA, the administration’s agenda does not include all expected actions, but it does provide projected dates on agency priorities for the coming year. The deadlines listed are dependent on a number of factors, the association adds, and actions are regularly delayed, canceled or otherwise altered.

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