COAL ASH PERMIT
State environmental regulators are gathering comments on a proposed air quality permit that would let Duke Energy reprocess and recycle coal ash stored at the Buck plant in Salisbury. The 30-day public comment period wrapped up with a public hearing on April 10.  

REPORT ON HTF BALANCE
A couple of weeks ago, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued an update to its annual Highway Trust Fund cash flow projections.  

TWO-YEAR REVIEW FOR
FEDERAL PROJECTS
Twelve federal agencies agreed to limit National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA ) reviews to two years and assign a specific agency to lead the review. The move furthers part of the Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal to streamline permits.

TOLL ROAD
Building N.C. 540 across southern Wake County would not threaten the existence of two endangered species of mussels that live in Swift Creek, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That opinion, published last week, greatly reduces the chance that the Federal Highway Administration will seek to stop or alter the construction of the final legs of the Triangle Expressway because of the endangered mussels -- the dwarf wedgemussel and the yellow lance.

USDOT ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE REPAIRS
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced more than $1 billion in Emergency Relief funds to help repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events.

MSHA SECRETARY VISIT TO NC
NCAA will be hosting a meeting with the Assistant Secretary for MSHA on either August 21 or 22 – we are waiting for confirmation on the preferred date from the Secretary’s office.

The meeting will be held in Greensboro at the Airport Embassy Suites (the same location as this year’s Mid-Year Meeting). We plan to have a couple of quarry tours in the morning for the Assistant Secretary and the meeting will be after lunch.   

Stay tune for more information about the meeting.

NC MINING DOCUMENTARY
The date has finally been set to air the 30-minute aggregate mining documentary that NCAA partnered with UNC-TV’s Exploring North Carolina to produce. 
 
The film tells the story of our state’s aggregates industry from the coastal plain to the mountains and features the following NCAA member quarries:   

2018 QUARRY SUMMITS
NCAA and NCDOT will be hosting three Quarry Summits next month.
 
If you are not familiar with the summits we’ve had in the past, they’re an “open house” to educate NCDOT about the aggregate industry and provide them more information about the materials produced at each quarry, product balance, alternate products, specialty products, communication, etc. This setting provides NCDOT’s field forces and the aggregate industry the opportunity to discuss local issues. The Summits also include a tour of the quarry.  
 
NCDOT expects at least 50 of their Division personnel to attend each event.

2018 ANNUAL CONVENTION
The Westin Savannah Harbor
Golf Resort & Spa
June 27 - 29


 
Thinking about Savannah?
To see popular tours & activities that travelers are booking CLICK HERE for information from TripAdvisor.

The hotel is SOLD OUT. Please send me an email to put your name on the wait-list for rooms that will be assigned as they become available. diane@ncaggregates.org