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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Waters Advocacy Coalition – of which NSSGA is a steering committee member – held two briefings on Capitol Hill on Feb. 20. The morning briefing was held on the House side, while the afternoon briefing was held on the Senate side, with the two briefings together attracting almost 50 staffers from both Democrat and…
Posted 2/26/14 at 6:03 PM
James (Jim) Zadorozny, Area Environmental Manager, Lehigh Hanson, Inc., Irving, Texas, has been selected to receive the 2013 National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s Environmental Leadership Award. NSSGA’s Environmental Leadership Award provides recognition to an individual in the aggregates industry who has made superior and substantial contributions to his or her company’s and the industry’s efforts…
Posted 2/6/14 at 6:51 PM
Members rely on a fair permitting process based on sound science… The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its final report, “An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska” Jan. 15. The report analyzes the potential impacts that a large-scale mining scenario could have on the region and finds that thousands…
Posted 1/24/14 at 5:59 PM
NSSGA submitted comments on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s draft Stormwater Multi-sector General Permit on Dec. 18. While most states have their own stormwater permitting authority, the EPA’s MSGP informs state stormwater permit conditions. NSSGA commented that the time limit for corrective action is unreasonable, that changes to public availability of information is unnecessarily burdensome to…
Posted 1/10/14 at 7:57 PM
NSSGA followed up a meeting at the White House on Dec.12 with another meeting on Dec. 23 to share industry concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s unlawful expansion of the Clean Water Act. Under the leaked rule, many marginal and ephemeral waters that have previously not been considered jurisdictional would now require permits. The…
Posted 1/10/14 at 7:55 PM
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.