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MAA Environmental Committee Conducts Environmental Review

In the spirit of continuous improvement this past week the MAA Environmental Committee conducted a peer environmental review of MAA member Mid Michigan Materials. During the review, committee members conducted a walk thru of various aspects of the producer’s operations including their lab, quarry mining operations, crushing and screening operations, oil storage building, garage, etc. …

MDOT Procedures for Aggregate Inspection Manual

MDOT recently released their 2017 Procedures for Aggregate Inspection Manual.  This manual is designed to provide guidance for the sampling, testing, and reporting of test results for aggregate materials as standardized by MDOT. Click here to view the 2017 MDOT Procedures for Aggregate Inspection Manual.

Sylvania Minerals Hosts Quarry Challenge 5K Walk/Run

Jennifer Yerrick, Quarry Challenge participant wrote, “Amazing place, friendly volunteers, extremely well organized, and AWESOME signs for encouragement!! Will be doing it again next year!!” Jim O’Callahan, participant and volunteer said, “Great event, far exceeded expectations! I would definitely do again.” “By far the most unique, most organized and most fun run / walk yet!…

2017 MDOT/MAA Bus Tour   

On October 2, 2017, MAA member, Carmeuse Lime & Stone, hosted the 2017 Annual MDOT/MAA bus tour at their Calcite Operation in Rogers City. With over 45 representatives from MDOT and the Michigan Aggregates Association in attendance, Carmeuse Lime & Stone provided an overview about the many processes that are implemented to ensure limestone meets…

MSHA publishes final rule to delay effective date of workplace exams

On October 5, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will publish the final rule that further delays the effective date of the final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines (82 FR 7680) from October 2, 2017, to June 2, 2018. Stakeholders will be notified when the final rule…

Michigan Aggregates Association is Teaming up with the United States Marine Corp. Reserve

In the spirt of the Holiday season, the Michigan Aggregates Association (MAA) has once again partnered with the US Marine Corps Reserve and the Toys for Tots program to help reach their primary goal of delivering a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters.  By donating a new toy at Christmas, MAA will assist children…

NSSGA Update – Allied for Aggregates in Washington, D.C.

Hundreds of people from aggregates operations all over the country are gathered in Washington, D.C. this week for the NSSGA Legislative & Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting. Doug Needham, president of the Michigan Aggregates Association, highlighted how the state association and NSSGA have been working together to tackle a legislative concern in Detroit. Some city residents…

MSHA Guarding Machinery at Metal & Nonmetal Mines

As a reminder, providing proper guarding of machinery is required per MSHA regulations.  This guide provides compliance information to help the metal and nonmetal mining industry meet current requirements of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA’s) guarding standards addressing machinery.   This document is also intended to enhance awareness of guarding compliance for miners, mine…

NSSGA Update – MSHA Proposes Major Changes to Workplace Exams Rule

MSHA announced major changes to its Workplace Examinations Rule today. The agency is proposing an extension of the effective date from Oct. 2, 2017 to March 2, 2018, and to allow the exams to be occur “before work begins, or as miners begin work in that place.” MSHA said that the effective date extension is…

Great Lakes District Council Annual Meeting

The fall 1-day MSHA workshop of the Michigan Chapter of the Holmes Safety Association will be held in Gaylord on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Please click here to learn more about the event.

President Trump nominates David Zatezalo for MSHA Assistant Secretary of Labor

On Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, President Trump announced his nomination of David G. Zatezalo, 62, for the position of assistant secretary of labor for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), The Intelligencer. Wheeling News-Register reports. Before retiring in 2014, Zatezalo served in several top positions at Rhino Resources, a coal company that clashed…

Doug Brown of ASTI Environmental Receives Prestigious Economic Development Award

The Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) held its Annual Conference at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center in Holland, Michigan, from August 16 – 18, 2017. The theme of this year’s meeting was “CONNECT: People. Ideas. Solutions.” which let economic developers know the connections that are needed to succeed with emerging industries, themes and tools.…