Category: Environment

  • EPW HIGHWAYS HEARING AIMS FOR OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY PERSPECTIVE

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing Feb. 25 on surface transportation reauthorization with a focus on obtaining an “outside the Beltway” perspective. During the course of the hearing, Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and ranking member Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., pushed congressional financing committees to finding the funding needed for a long-term bill….

    Posted 2/27/15 at 6:15 PM

  • CONGRESS INTRODUCES LEGISLATION ON EPA SCIENTIFIC TRANSPARENCY

    House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced the Secret Science Reform Act, a bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from “proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.” The measure is similar to bipartisan House legislation passed in the…

    Posted 2/25/15 at 12:45 PM

  • EPA STARTS PARTICULATE STANDARD REVIEW

    It’s that time again. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency  has started the next five-year particulate matter (PM) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) review, which will lead to an eventual decision on whether to revise or retain the existing fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS of 12 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3) and coarse PM (PM10)…

    Posted 2/24/15 at 1:28 PM

  • CONGRESS CONTINUES EFFORTS TO RESTRAIN ADMINISTRATION’S REGULATORY OVERREACH

    The 114th Congress has been busy combating President Obama’s regulatory agenda, which includes many proposed rules that will have a direct impact on NSSGA members.  The Republican congressional majority is intent on increasing transparency and accountability from federal agencies.  Thwarting the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is very high on the agenda. NSSGA continues…

    Posted 2/17/15 at 11:44 AM

  • NSSGA MEMBERS STORM CAPITOL HILL ON WOTUS RULE

    For the third time in the past year, NSSGA members stormed Capitol Hill to explain their opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to quickly finalize the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), despite getting nearly a million comments. “This rule is especially damaging to our industry, as we operate in areas EPA…

    Posted 2/13/15 at 1:28 PM

  • NSSGA HONORS CALPORTLAND’S MATT HINCK FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb., 5, 2015 – Matthew Hinck, environmental manager, CalPortland Company, Glendora, Calif., has been selected to receive the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s 2014 Environmental Leadership Award. NSSGA’s Environmental Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has made exemplary contributions to the industry’s environmental responsiveness, is involved with NSSGA’s environmental programs and has…

    Posted 2/6/15 at 4:49 PM

  • SENATE EPW AND HOUSE T&I COMMITTEES PUSH BACK ON WATERS RULE

    In a rare House-Senate hearing, both Republicans and Democrats voiced concerns over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, noting that agency must carefully consider public and industry comments before finalizing the rule. Though EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy committed to fully vetting the reported 1 million comments received, she did not…

    Posted 2/5/15 at 4:00 PM

  • PRESIDENT SEEKS TO GROW EPA BUDGET

    President Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) seeks an increase of $500 million above its current $8.1 billion budget.  The most significant increases go toward climate change and environmental justice programs.  It also increases funding increases for the agency’s waste, chemical safety, enforcement and water pollution control programs, which…

    Posted 2/4/15 at 7:00 AM

  • WATCH ‘WATERS OF U.S.’ HEARING LIVE, FEB. 4

    The Joint House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing on the “Impacts of the Proposed Waters of the United States Rule on State and Local Governments” will take place on Feb. 4, 10:00 a.m. (EST). Watch the hearing LIVE below The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:…

    Posted 2/3/15 at 7:00 AM

  • SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS AWARDS ENCOURAGE INNOVATION, COMPLIANCE, IMPROVEMENTS

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) recognized aggregates operations in the United States and Canada that show an extraordinary commitment to safety, superior environmental stewardship and community involvement in 2013-2014.  The underlying goal of these annual awards is to spur innovation and encourage continual quarry improvements. Read more

    Posted 1/29/15 at 2:26 PM