Category Archives: Legislative News

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 […]

OSHA announces 2019 increases to maximum penalty amounts

OSHA announces 2019 increases to maximum penalty amounts

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams Employers can expect higher penalties from the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Fed-OSHA) in the coming year. Fed-OSHA announced on Jan. 15, 2019 that it plans to increase the maximum penalty it can issue an employer for serious and other-than-serious citations […]

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 […]

“Waters of the U.S.” regulation rewrite will Help reduce transportation project delays, ARTBA Vice Chair Harwood says at EPA-Corps hearing in Kansas City

“Waters of the U.S.” regulation rewrite will Help reduce transportation project delays, ARTBA Vice Chair Harwood says at EPA-Corps hearing in Kansas City

WASHINGTON, DC — Man-made, roadside ditches provide critical surface drainage that protects the traveling public and should be exempt from federal wetland regulations, American Road & Transportation Builder Association (ARTBA) Vice Chairman David Harwood told a Feb. 27 government hearing. That’s a key reason the association is supporting the Trump administration’s proposed overhaul to portions of […]

WOTUS replacement rule comments due April 15

WOTUS replacement rule comments due April 15

NSSGA member companies have until April 15 to submit comments that support a clearer Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The comment period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposed WOTUS “replacement” rule is open until April 15. It was released in December 2018 but the federal government […]

OSHA issues Form 300 privacy protection rule

OSHA issues Form 300 privacy protection rule

Source: EHSToday.com Employers with 250 or more workers will not be required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report). The agency issued a final rule to protect worker personal data collected by an employer from being publicly disclosed under […]

NSSGA ready to work on bi-partisan infrastructure investment following SOTU

“The president encouraged Congress to set aside their politics and unite to repair bridges, roads and all of America’s outdated, overburdened and crumbling infrastructure. A collective commitment and bipartisan comprise are essential to finally making the much overdue and badly needed investment required if the U.S. is going to continue to be the strongest economy […]

ABC lauds workforce development, infrastructure priorities in President Trump’s State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON, DC —Associated Builders and Contractors President and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Bellaman issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address: “President Trump and his administration continue to prioritize policies that allow the construction industry and U.S. business community to grow our economy. From strengthening workforce development initiatives to the […]

AED Alert: AED Urges Congress to pursue the equipment industry’s pro-growth legislative agenda

On January 25, AED delivered a letter to Congress outlining the construction equipment industry’s legislative priorities for the 116th congressional session, which includes infrastructure investment, addressing the skills gap, tax permanency and pursuing pro-growth trade and energy policies.  “AED members are ready for Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner to enact pro-growth, job-creating […]

MSHA updates its penalties, topping out at $266,275 per violation

Source: SafetyLawMatters.com By Avi Meyerstein on January 24, 2019 POSTED IN ENFORCEMENT UPDATES, MSHA A regular MSHA citation that hits all the high notes in terms of penalty points will cost as much as $72,620 in 2019 (based on company size, prior violations, negligence, and gravity), MSHA announced yesterday. A flagrant MSHA violation – the most […]

Nominees for safety agencies OSHA and FMSHRC sent back to the Senate. Will they pass (and when)?

Source: Safety Law Matters By Avi Meyerstein on January 24, 2019 POSTED IN MSHA, OSHA The White House has re-nominated several safety agency nominees, whose nominations expired when the last Congress adjourned. These include Scott Mugno, nominated to serve as OSHA’s leader, and three nominees to be judges on the Federal Mine Safety and Health […]

U.S. Department of Labor publishes new FAQ on controlling silica in general industry

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the agency’s standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry. OSHA developed the FAQs in consultation with industry and union stakeholders to provide guidance to employers and employees on the standard’s requirements, such […]

Repeal of proprietary products rule will promote innovation & provide states more flexibility

WASHINGTON, DC – The repeal of a 103-year old federal procurement rule would remove a major regulatory roadblock and “spur investment in and deployment of new technologies that promise to help advance safety, alleviate traffic congestion and improve our nation’s highways,” the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Jan. 14 told the U.S. Department of […]

EPA and Army propose new “waters of the United States” definition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army have proposed a clear, understandable and implementable definition of “waters of the United States” that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act. Unlike the Obama Administration’s 2015 definition of “waters of the United States,” the Dec. 11, 2018 proposal […]

Equipment Manufacturers Encouraged by U.S.-China Compromise on Tariffs

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement on the recently announced truce between the United States and China on tariffs: “We hope this builds momentum towards further reasonable agreements to reduce these taxes on Americans and better promote free trade,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “However, the decision also […]

ARTBA applauds new Trump administration wetlands proposal

The Trump administration’s Dec. 11 proposed overhaul to portions of the Clean Water Act (CWA) would restore clarity to federal wetlands regulations and help reduce delays to important transportation projects, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says. At issue is how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) […]

Appeals Court upholds decision limiting the right of OSHA to expand inspections

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips: An accident at your workplace occurs and OSHA comes to investigate. Once at your facility, however, OSHA tells you they want to expand their inspection to cover your entire facility — top to bottom. What authority does OSHA have to expand the inspection and under what circumstances? In […]

How America voted on infrastructure

Source: NSSGA  On Nov. 6, voters across the country decided on hundreds of ballot measures to invest in infrastructure. A majority of California residents voted against repealing the Road Repair and Accountability Act, which is known as Senate Bill 1. The bill was passed in 2017 and raised the user fee on gasoline by 12 […]

What a Democratic house means for the aggregates industry

Source: NSSGA  The results of the midterm elections are in, and significant changes are coming to Congress, especially to the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee.  After a record number of voters turned out for the 2018 midterm election, and with 20 races still undecided as of the morning of Nov. 7, Democratic candidates won […]

Equipment manufacturers want Republicans and Democrats to work together

Editor’s note: The opinions and comments expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement on what the 2018 midterm elections mean for the equipment manufacturing industry.

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule on crane operator certification requirements

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule Nov. 7, that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment. The final rule will maintain safety and health protections for workers while reducing […]

Trump to nominate Andrew Wheeler as next EPA administrator

Present Trump said he will nominate Andrew Wheeler as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler, who has been serving as acting administrator since July, spoke to NSSGA members at the 2018 Legislative & Policy Forum about regulatory reform and the agency’s policy priorities. Trump made the announcement Friday during a White […]

FHWA poised to act on century-old barrier to transportation project innovation in response to ARTBA petition

On Nov. 14, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) said it would amend or repeal a century-old regulation related to the development and deployment of new products on U.S. transportation projects. The agency’s move comes in response to a March 27 filing from the Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), which noted the […]