Category: Environment

  • 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

  • EPA RELEASES FINAL CONNECTIVITY REPORT SUPPORTING WATER RULE BASED ON FLAWED PROCESS

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the Final Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters Report, which is intended to support EPA’s sweeping, proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Not surprisingly, the final report concludes that streams, regardless of their size or frequency of flow, are connected to downstream waters and notes that…

    Posted 1/22/15 at 10:58 AM

  • VITTER INTRODUCES ANTI-VETO LEGISLATION AGAINST EPA

    Sen. David Vitter, R-La., introduced legislation Jan. 7 to limit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to veto Clean Water Act permits for dredge-and-fill operations if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has already issued, or plans to issue, its own permits. Numerous measures to stop EPA’s veto authority gained support, but ultimately did not…

    Posted 1/12/15 at 11:21 AM

  • SENATE EPW AND HOUSE T&I SCHEDULE JOINT OVERSIGHT HEARING ON WOTUS

    Beyond passing a robust highway bill, announced as a top priority Jan. 7 by Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., he said that the committee has tentatively scheduled a “rare” Feb. 4 joint hearing with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. NSSGA has…

    Posted 1/8/15 at 11:34 AM

  • EPA Finds Coal Ash Is Not Solid Hazardous Waste

    Under court deadline, the U.S. Environmental Agency’s Final Coal Ash rule released Dec. 19 regulates coal ash as a non–hazardous solid waste under the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act.  (Coal ash, a residual product from power plants, is used in Portland cement concrete as a mineral admixture, and more recently as a component of blended…

    Posted 12/29/14 at 3:30 PM

  • Anti-EPA Waters Rule Congresswoman To Lead New EPA Oversight Committee

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, incoming House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, has announced a new subcommittee called the Interior Subcommittee, which will examine policies of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as environmental and energy issues handled by other federal agencies. According to the Dec. 17 press release from Chaffetz’s office, he said,…

    Posted 12/22/14 at 10:28 AM

  • NSSGA Addresses The Aggregates Producers of Wisconsin Annual Convention

    As part of NSSGA’s state partnership initiative, NSSGA kicked of the annual Aggregates Producers of Wisconsin (APW) Convention in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on December 4,. About 45 members of the APW heard an update on NSSGA priorities from Environmental Services Director Emily Coyner.  Topics included the status of highway funding, the waters of the U.S….

    Posted 12/10/14 at 3:00 PM

  • EPA Begins Particulate Matter Review

    EPA has begun to develop a new Integrated Science Assessment for the Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards (PM NAAQS), the first step in its 5 year review process, according to a  Dec. 3 Federal Register notice. The notice calls for new studies and sets the opening workshop to begin the evaluation of recent…

    Posted 12/10/14 at 9:00 AM

  • EPA UNVEILS 2015 REGULATORY AGENDA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its 2015 regulatory agenda Nov. 25. The agency is on track to finalize several major rules. Of interest to NSSGA is the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which EPA is expected to finalize in April 2015. Ken Kopocis, deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water, said that the agency…

    Posted 11/26/14 at 11:07 AM

  • EPA WOTUS COMMENT PERIOD CLOSES; NSSGA MEMBERS SUBMIT COMMENTS

    The comment period closed Nov. 14 for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed rule on waters of the United States (WOTUS). NSSGA submitted comments on behalf of the association, as well as signing onto group comments from the Waters Advocacy Coalition and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. NSSGA also encouraged…

    Posted 11/21/14 at 2:46 PM