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Regulatory Agenda Offers Encouraging Signs


According to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), the Trump administration’s latest regulatory agenda offered encouraging signs for aggregates industry priorities, including the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, Endangered Species Act and Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) improvements. 

The agenda does not include all upcoming and expected actions by federal agencies, but rather provides information on their priorities for the coming year. 

“The agenda reflects core administration priorities for reducing regulatory burdens across administrative agencies, including in the anticipated deregulatory and regulatory actions,“ the administration said in the report. It also indicated that efforts so far have resulted in $23 billion in regulatory cost savings in fiscal year 2018 across all federal agencies.

MSHA is expected to modernize outdated regulations in 2019. NSSGA asked MSHA in August to modernize training videos to depict conditions and behavior that are genuinely compliant and safe, and to update the manual on accident investigations. 

MSHA continues its request for data and information on technologies, such as collision warning and seat belt starter interlock systems that could reduce incidents involving mobile equipment. The public comment period ends on Dec. 24, 2018. NSSGA will be submitting comments and seeks input from members for its comments.