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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

  • 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

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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.