Category Archives: Legislative News

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … OSHA?

Look!  Up in  the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s …  OSHA?

Source: Safety Law Matters / Husch Blackwell / Posted in ENFORCEMENT UPDATES, OSHA An internal DOL memorandum last year to OSHA regional administrators confirms that OSHA can deploy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise referred to as drones, equipped with cameras to assist with its enforcement and regulatory functions. What do employers need to know? How […]

When OSHA shows up: Practical guidance regarding walk-around rights

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips  by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) provides that, if an OSHA compliance safety and health officer (CSHO) shows up to conduct an inspection and presents his credentials to you as the employer, you have a right to guide […]

Ad Campaign Targets Key Lawmakers and Highlights urgent need for investment to modernize infrastructure

Ad Campaign Targets Key Lawmakers and Highlights urgent need for investment to modernize infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC — The transportation construction industry and business community are launching an ad campaign on two fronts this summer to keep pressure on Congress and the Trump administration for action in 2019 on a permanent Highway Trust Fund (HTF) fix and a new transportation infrastructure package. A key campaign component is a social media focused […]

U.S. Department of Labor announces upgraded data system to assist mine operators in ensuring compliance with mine safety and health regulations

U.S. Department of Labor announces upgraded data system to assist mine operators in ensuring compliance with mine safety and health regulations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has completed a major upgrade to its primary data system – the Mine Data Retrieval System (MDRS) – bringing increased functionality and more intuitive navigation to this widely used feature. The MDRS offers a variety of tools to help operators monitor […]

ARTBA applauds U.S. District Court ruling that strikes down 2015 wetlands rule

ARTBA applauds U.S. District Court ruling that  strikes down 2015 wetlands rule

WASHINGTON, DC — A May 28 federal court ruling in the Southern District of Texas striking down the federal government’s 2015 version of the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule is a win for the nation’s transportation construction industry and builders of other much-needed infrastructure, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says. […]

Seeking input on OSHA’s silica exposure rule

Seeking input on OSHA’s silica exposure rule

The CDRA worked to modify OSHA’s employee silica exposure regulation before it officially came out more than a year ago. The rule affected many sectors of the construction industry, including concrete recyclers. We were successful in removing almost all the onerous sections of the rule. The paramount part of the rule is Table 1, which […]

ARTBA Industry Leader Development Program fellows push members of Congress for permanent Highway Trust Fund solution

ARTBA Industry Leader Development Program fellows push members of Congress for permanent Highway Trust Fund solution

WASHINGTON, DC — Twenty-four emerging leaders in the transportation design and construction industry participated in an intensive May 13-15 Washington, D.C., “boot camp” introduction to the federal legislative and regulatory processes. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation’s Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP) fellows visited Capitol Hill to urge their members of Congress […]

NSSGA chairman, members of Congress talk solutions

NSSGA chairman, members of Congress talk solutions

Today (5-15-19), members of Congress and the Highway Materials Group held a press conference on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol that focused on the impact of a strong federal investment in our nation’s infrastructure. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., chairman of the Ways & Means Committee’s Tax Policy Subcommittee, and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., ranking member […]

What employers need to know about opioid and marijuana testing

What employers need to know  about opioid  and marijuana testing

by Courtney Llewellyn As time continues its relentless march forward, so do the problems affecting human beings. Today, there are new issues both workers and employers have to deal with that had never been of concern in the past. Two exist in a gray area — not illegal but definitely impactful on job performance; one […]

President Trump & Congressional Democrats agree on the size of an infrastructure package: $2 Trillion

President Trump & Congressional Democrats agree on the size of an infrastructure package: $2 Trillion

Source: nssga.org President Trump met with Democratic Congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, today at the White House to discuss the size of an infrastructure package.  Reports coming out of today’s meeting reflect that President Trump and the Democrats agreed to work on a $2 trillion package over […]

Remaking the Senate: Hyper-Democracy rears its head

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Source: Faithandfreedom.com. by John A Sparks   Periodically, those who do not think that the U.S. Constitution is “democratic” enough set out to repudiate the document’s genius. The Electoral College is often the […]

New York State DEC: Extension to compliance deadline for construction & demolition debris handling and recovery facilities

The transition period for CDDHRFs (C&D Debris Processing Facilities) to come into compliance with new Subpart 361-5 regulations would have ended on May 3, 2019, but a January 25, 2019 Enforcement Discretion Letter has extended this deadline until May 3, 2020. Upcoming events April 27, 2019: Repair Café – Yorktown April 27, 2019: Repair Café […]

How to comply with Ontario’s new tire recycling requirements

How to comply with Ontario’s new tire recycling requirements

A recently implemented law in Canada’s province of Ontario tasks companies with following through on significant obligations associated with the disposal of used tires throughout the product lifecycle. All AEM member companies who sell, distribute or manufacture tires or products using tires in Ontario are responsible for meeting mandatory and enforceable targets for collecting and […]

Illegal dumping of E-waste in New York’s Onondaga County

Illegal dumping of E-waste in New York’s Onondaga County

NYS DEC news: On April 4, ECO Don Damrath worked on a complaint from city of Syracuse officials involving the illegal disposal of flat screen TVs at various locations in the city. Evidence from nine large TVs dumped in the driveway of an abandoned home led ECO Damrath and Syracuse City Police Officer Carlos Romain […]

OSHA crane operator certification: Five things you need to know

OSHA crane operator certification: Five things you need to know

Source: NCCCO.org Eight years after the rule was originally published, and fully 15 years after the Cranes and Derricks Advisory Committee (C-DAC) finished its revision of the crane rule, OSHA’s requirement for construction crane operators to be certified has come into effect. We look at five key elements of the final rule: 1. Crane Operator […]

Highway superintendents push for more state funding for local roads and bridges

ALBANY, NY  – The New York State County Highway Superintendents Association (NYSCHSA) and the New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways (NYSAOTSOH) are urging lawmakers to revise the state budget appropriations for transportation capital so that local highway departments have the funding they need to repair the roads and bridges. In a letter […]

DOT announces new federal transit grants

DOT announces new federal transit grants

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced$1.36 billion in federal funding allocations to 16 new and existing transit projects in the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program on Tuesday, April 9. New projects in Florida, Nevada, Albany, Oregon and Washington received allocation funding. The CIG Program provides funding for major transit infrastructure capital investments nationwide. Projects […]

It’s time for congress to ratify the USMCA

It’s time for congress to ratify the USMCA

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. By Dennis Slater, AEM President It has been over a quarter century since NAFTA was negotiated. A lot has changed since then. The internet was born, the world population has grown by two […]

AEM brings advocacy message to the White House

AEM brings advocacy message to the White House

Source: AEM News As part of AEM’s ongoing engagement with the Trump administration, AEM officers and staff met with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss how to work together to advance pro-manufacturing policies. The Vice President highlighted the fact that the administration has cut 12 federal regulations for every new federal rule put on the […]

Doosan Bobcat North America and Montabert announce transfer in U.S. distribution rights

Doosan Bobcat North America and Montabert announce transfer in U.S. distribution rights

SUWANEE, GA — Effective April 1, Doosan Bobcat North America will transition its rights to the U.S. sales, marketing and service of the Montabert brand of attachments to Montabert SAS, creating a direct link between the brand’s U.S. distribution network and factory in Lyon, France. This change is the result of an agreement reached jointly […]

New ad campaign urges action on permanent highway trust fund fix & infrastructure investment package

New ad campaign urges action on permanent highway trust fund fix & infrastructure investment package

WASHINGTON, DC — “Congress: Fix Our Infrastructure Problem Now.” That’s the key message of a new ad campaign urging Congress and the Trump administration to develop and pass this year a robust transportation infrastructure investment package and a permanent fix for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The ad campaign, developed by the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) […]

Your comments needed to fix the WOTUS Rule

Your comments needed to fix the WOTUS Rule

NSSGA NSSGA needs you to send comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the replacement of the unlawful  2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule. NSSGA and member companies opposed the 2015 WOTUS rule that would have allowed the federal government to regulate waters that have little or no connection to flowing […]

Certified excavator training: the new law and what you need to be compliant

Certified excavator training: the new law and what you need to be compliant

You need to be compliant by Saturday, May 4, 2019 Who is required by law to be trained? Please note, while this law was poorly written the intent is for safe excavation of underground facilities.  AGC NYS recommends getting the required training for the appropriate employees ASAP, and providing any additional training to supervisory staff […]

NSSGA commends Senate for confirming Andrew Wheeler as EPA administrator

NSSGA commends Senate for confirming Andrew Wheeler as EPA administrator

NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “We commend the Senate for confirming Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator. Andrew Wheeler will provide the leadership necessary to administer the programs that provide for clean air and water […]

Trump “totally ready” for infrastructure bill

Trump “totally ready” for infrastructure bill

Source: NSSGA More than half of the nation’s governors gathered in Washington, D.C., recently, and both President Trump and Vice President Pence mentioned their commitment to investing in infrastructure this year. They addressed funding and the need to base regulations for permits on sound science. “A highway that would take 17 or 18 years of […]