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”
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.
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.
View the full Testimony here below