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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

  • CORPS WEBINARS WILL TAKE COMMENTS ON WRRDA

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it will hold a series of webinars to take public comments on how to implement changes in its navigation and flood control construction programs that were mandated in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. The four webinars are scheduled for Aug. 13, Aug. 27, Sept….

    Posted 8/13/14 at 9:20 PM

  • NSSGA STATE AGGREGATES ASSOCIATIONS ORGANIZE STATE GROUPS IN OPPOSITION TO WATER RULE

    NSSGA organized aggregates industry-hosted state conference calls in Ohio and North Carolina in opposition of the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Chaired by a state association executive, each call was announced to all 40-plus member associations of the Waters Advocacy Coalition, who in turn passed along the invitation to their members in those two…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:37 PM

  • HOUSE PASSES ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT TRANSPARENCY BILL

    The full House passed 233 to 190 legislation combining several bills amending the Endangered Species Act July 29. A modified H.R. 4315, the Endangered Species Transparency Act would require the Department of Interior to publish online commercial and scientific data used as the basis for listing a species as threatened or endangered. The modified bill…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:36 PM

  • EPA’S FINAL STARTUP, SHUTDOWN AND MALFUNCTION RULE SENT TO WHITE HOUSE FOR REVIEW

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent its final rule banning exemptions from air emissions limits during periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review July 23. This review is the final step before publication and normally takes several weeks before Federal Register publication, but can take…

    Posted 7/31/14 at 2:24 PM

  • HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE HOLDS SECOND HEARING ON WATERS RULE

    The House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing July 30 to examine the proposed waters of the United States rulemaking, as well as proposed greenhouse gas emissions in “Regulatory Overreach: Is EPA Meeting Its Small Business Obligations?” NSSGA’s statement below expresses concern over the EPA’s attempted regulatory overreach that would disrupt growth and job…

    Posted 7/30/14 at 7:29 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.