Category: Environment

  • Senate Committee Passes Legislation Halting Waters Rule

    The Senate Environment and Public Works committee marked up the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, S. 1140, today, and it passed along partisan lines. It forces EPA to start over with the Waters of the U.S. rule, which is damaging to the aggregates industry and transportation initiatives.  No vote for the full Senate is scheduled, but NSSGA…

    Posted 6/10/15 at 3:33 PM

  • SENATE INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN WOTUS BILL

    A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) bill, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act , S. 1140, on April 30.  Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sponsored the legislation that protects traditional navigable waters of the U.S. …

    Posted 5/1/15 at 7:14 AM

  • SENATE EPW COMMITTEE APPROVES TSCA MODERNIZATION BILL

    The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee voted 15-5 to approve the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act, on April 28 The bipartisan agreement came a day after Sens. David Vitter,R-La., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., achieved agreement on a deal that made changes designed…

    Posted 4/30/15 at 1:30 PM

  • NSSGA: TELL CONGRESS TO STOP THE WOTUS RULEMAKING TODAY

    NSSGA needs your help. In the next few weeks, the House will be voting on the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, H.R. 1732, that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing the rule on Waters of the United States. This legislation would force the EPA and the Corps to…

    Posted 4/23/15 at 1:22 PM

  • NSSGA RECOGNIZED AS LEADER IN SUSTAINABILITY

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 22, 2015– On this Earth Day, the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is proud to announce it is one of the first 13 trade associations in the country to have been recognized by the Green Seal Green Office Partnership Program. As a Green Seal office, NSSGA has become more sustainable…

    Posted 4/22/15 at 1:31 PM

  • LEGISLATION STOPPING WOTUS RULE PASSES T&I COMMITTEE ON BIPARTISAN VOTE

    The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Water Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee today on a bipartisan vote of 36 to 22. An amendment to H.R.1732 from Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., that passed unanimously, emphasizes the state’s primary…

    Posted 4/16/15 at 2:59 PM

  • BILL REQUIRING WOTUS WITHDRAWAL UNVEILED BY HOUSE T&I COMMITTEE

    The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has unveiled legislative language designed to protect U.S. waters from federal overreach.  It is in response to the recent announcement that EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers had sent the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review before the…

    Posted 4/13/15 at 4:00 PM

  • WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE SENT TO OMB

    The Waters of the United States rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This is the last step before the rule is finalized. OMB has the ability to approve the rule as is or ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make changes before resubmission. Typically OMB reviews…

    Posted 4/6/15 at 4:26 PM

  • NSSGA AIRS CONCERNS AT FLOODPLAIN LISTENING SESSION

    NSSGA Environmental Director Emily Coyner voiced member concerns at a federal listening session March 24 in Fairfax, Va.,  on Executive Order 13690 establishing a Flood Risk Management Standard.  Coyner told the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies that NSSGA members are concerned that the EO is so broadly written that it is unclear…

    Posted 3/25/15 at 10:32 AM

  • AMENDMENT TO LIMIT THE EPA WOTUS RULE PROPOSED IN SENATE

    Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., offered an amendment to the Senate budget resolution March 23 that would limit Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction, and exclude groundwater, stormwater and stormwater systems, irrigation systems, wastewater systems, isolated ponds, ditches and puddles. The amendment targets the proposed rule on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) originating from the Environmental…

    Posted 3/24/15 at 12:26 PM