Michigan Aggregates Association

Trump administration freezes new or pending regulations

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) reports that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus sent out a memo stating that new or pending regulations were frozen on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, and that the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) recently approved workplace exams rule issued on Jan. 17 and set to take effect on May 23 might be included in the freeze.

According to the NSSGA, Priebus’ memo said that new regulations would not be accepted by the Office of the Federal Register until a new agency administrator was in place, even though the Trump administration has not yet named a new MSHA administrator. The NSSGA says it is working with federal officials to ensure that the workplace exams rule is delayed and possibly halted altogether as indicated by the memo, as it is similar to others being reviewed before going into effect.

The NSSGA says it will share more information about the workplace exam rule’s progress as it becomes available.