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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

  • 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

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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.