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Industry News Asphalt Industry Arrives in DC for TCC Fly-In U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (l) shakes 2015 NAPA Chairman Mike Cote's hand at the TCC Fly-In. The Transportation Construction Coalition, of which NAPA is a partner, held its annual legislative fly-in April 13-14 in Washington, D.C. More than 500 transportation advocates attended the fly-in to lobby Congress on the need for funding for a long-term surface transportation bill that increases investments. The current surface transportation bill is set to expire May 31. At the NAPA briefing, Jeff Davis, editor of Eno Transportation Weekly, shared his belief that long-term transportation funding is most likely to be achieved as part of a larger tax-reform effort. During the fly-in general meeting, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) urged attendees "If you hear Congress tell you they can't 'do' a gas tax, push back. Every penny of deficit spending today is a tax on our children." Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) told attendees that he believes Congress will find the money for transportation infrastructure because the House, Senate, and Executive Branch all see infrastructure as a priority for the country. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (R-Ore.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, pointedly said that a gas tax increase should be on the table, possibly as high as 15¢ per gallon with an index for inflation. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged attendees "not to take no for an answer" during their visits to Capitol Hill. Talking about shortterm solutions, Foxx said "We as a transportation community need to stand up and say 'hell no!' We can't adequately plan for the future or fix the problem with short-term measures." Changes, Exemptions to Trucking Hours of Service Requirements In March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced plans to publish its final rule on electronic logging devices (ELD) earlier than originally announced. The rule, slated for publication by Sept. 30, requires commercial drivers who currently keep Records of Duty Status (RODS) on paper logs to switch to ELDs. Drivers exercising the shorthaul exemption from RODS requirements are also exempt from the ELD requirement. Full implementation of the rule is expected two years after the effective date of the final rule. Also, in April, FMCSA approved an exemption to the Hours of Service (HoS) 30-minute break requirement for concrete mixer truck drivers under the short-haul exemption; however, the exemption places additional requirements on drivers and does not provide drivers true regulatory relief. To address the disproportionate HoS requirements facing construction industry drivers involved in short-haul versus long-haul overland trucking, NAPA has formed a task group to address the issue across a number of industries. To help represent the asphalt industry in this task group, contact NAPA Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety Dr. Howard Marks at HMarks@AsphaltPavement.org. Silica/Asphalt Milling Machine Partnership Celebrated at World of Asphalt On Mar. 17, at World of Asphalt, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Silica/ Asphalt Milling Machine Partnership held a joint press event to recognize the success of the 10-year effort to protect milling machine workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Dr. Christine Branche, Director of the Office of Construction Safety and Health at NIOSH, spoke about the devastating effects of crystalline silica exposure and highlighted the recent release of a NIOSH best practices guide to ensure milling machine worker safety. Visit http://goaspha.lt/1JvV4Lv to access the best practices guide. The Partnership - which is made up of NAPA members, milling machine manufacturers, labor, and NIOSH - has worked over the past decade to design, test, and implement engineering controls for milling machines that effectively reduce potential silica exposure below OSHA's new proposed permissible exposure limit (PEL). CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training and NAPA also released a user-friendly Field Guide for Controlling Silica Dust Exposure on Asphalt Paving Machines. Visit http://goaspha.lt/1DxPbLr to access the user-friendly field guide. Although OSHA has not yet released a final silica PEL, the industry is optimistic that the engineering controls designed cooperatively between manufacturers and NIOSH will allow workers to forgo the use of respirators during roadway milling operations. more Industry News on page 15 Asphalt Pavement Magazine - July/August 2015 * 13 http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2015-105/ http://www.elcosh.org/document/3920/d001356/Field%2BGuide%2Bfor%2BControlling%2BSilica%2BDust%2BExposure%2Bon%2BAsphalt%2BPaving%2BMachines.html?show_text=1

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - July/August 2015

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Roads Built to Last
Intelligent Compaction Today
Rejuvenators: Bringing Life Back to Aging Asphalt Binder
Improving the Longevity of Porous Friction Course
Good Roads, Healthy America
NAPA and the Industry Care
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com

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