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Environment

NSSGA members recognize that the Earth's resources, upon which all life depends, are finite, and that wise environmental stewardship is necessary today to preserve the potential for a quality life for future generations. NSSGA members believe that wise environmental stewardship is good business, and good for business.

Air

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NSSGA members invest in extensive dust control systems to protect the environment. NSSGA member products, such as crushed stone, are used to control air emissions from power plants and other industrial sources.

Water

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NSSGA members work diligently to conserve and protect valuable water resources both for human consumption and aquatic habitats. NSSGA products are used in water supply and wastewater treatment, as well as in public works infrastructure.

Land

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The removal of aggregates temporarily disturbs the landscape. However, once the materials have been extracted, NSSGA members reclaim the land into wetlands, wildlife habitats, parks and many other beneficial purposes.

Sustainability

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NSSGA members identify sustainability as a business approach that integrates environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity to ensure the long-term supply of aggregate materials to society. NSSGA members sustain the communities in which they operate by providing raw materials as natural building blocks for quality of life. NSSGA members maintain adequate aggregates resources in locations that minimize the life cycle impacts of the resource’s extraction, delivery and use. NSSGA members believe in being good neighbors by creating wildlife habitats and supporting local schools and other community institutions and efforts.

Latest Environmental News

  • 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

  • SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF REGULATORS

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 9 that federal agencies can revise interpretations of their own ambiguous regulations and do not have to follow the public notice and comment procedures that are in place for implementing new rules. The unanimous 9-0 ruling in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association is seen as a major victory for…

    Posted 3/11/15 at 12:51 PM

  • EPA to TWEAK, NOT WITHDRAW, WATERS RULE

    EPA’s Administrator Gina McCarthy reiterated at a Feb. 26 House Appropriations hearing that the agency intends to release an altered Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule this spring.  She confirmed that the final rule will differ significantly from the original draft. McCarthy had hinted at the changes during a joint House-Senate hearing Feb. 4. She…

    Posted 3/3/15 at 1:39 PM

  • FLOODPLAIN EXECUTIVE ORDER COULD FURTHER MUDDY WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

    President Obama signed Executive Order 13690 Jan. 30, which updates a 1977 EO that required federal agencies to do what they can to preserve the nation’s floodplains – areas subject to a 1 percent chance or greater of flooding in any given year (100-year floodplain) – and limit their development and activities in floodplains where…

    Posted 3/3/15 at 10:03 AM

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NSSGA encourages its members to strive for excellence in environmental affairs and to provide leadership by example through demonstrating environmental stewardship in all aspects of their operations. NSSGA believes that environmental laws and regulations should be based on sound scientific, engineering and medical research and on established scientific, engineering and medical principles. To this end, NSSGA works with lawmakers and regulators and makes available the expertise of its members, staff and research facilities to help shape the nation’s environmental policies.