ALAN PARKS, VICE PRESIDENT, MEMPHIS STONE & GRAVEL COMPANY, TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS ON BEHALF OF NSSGA REGARDING EPA’S PROPOSED RULE ON “WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES”
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The House Small Business Committee has scheduled a full committee hearing today focused on the small business impacts of the rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulating “Waters of the United States.” Alan Parks, vice president, Memphis Stone & Gravel Company, Memphis, Tennessee, will testify on behalf of NSSGA and share his company’s experiences with water permitting regulations.
The hearing, entitled Will EPA‘s ”Waters of the United States” Rule Drown Small Businesses?, will focus on the jurisdictional overreach of this proposed rule and its’ effect on small businesses like Memphis Stone & Gravel Company. Parks will discuss the difficulties a small aggregate operator faces under the current system, and how this regulatory burden will become even more onerous under this proposed rule.
In his testimony, Parks cautions, “Under the proposed rule, the aggregates industry will need more permits. The delay caused by multiple surveys, reports and additional authorizations will add significant new costs during the permitting process, which could lead to abandoning projects once considered viable.” Parks states, “There is much inefficiency in the current regulatory system; however, adding vague terms and undefined concepts to an already complicated program is not the way to improve the process.”
Parks will remind the members of the Small Business Committee that aggregates operators depend on reliable cost estimates and clear jurisdictional determinations. “If it is determined development of a site will take too long or cost too much in permitting or mitigation, we won’t move forward on projects, including those vital to the transportation infrastructure needs of the nation.”
Joining NSSGA as witnesses on the panel are representatives from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Association of Homebuilders and others.
[…] In a testimony before the EPA last month, Memphis Stone and Gravel Co. Vice President Alan Parks pointed out that without the appropriate permits, small companies could be fined up to $37,500 per day. […]