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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

  • LEGISLATION STOPPING WOTUS RULE PASSES T&I COMMITTEE ON BIPARTISAN VOTE

    The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Water Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee today on a bipartisan vote of 36 to 22. An amendment to H.R.1732 from Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., that passed unanimously, emphasizes the state’s primary…

    Posted 4/16/15 at 2:59 PM

  • BILL REQUIRING WOTUS WITHDRAWAL UNVEILED BY HOUSE T&I COMMITTEE

    The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has unveiled legislative language designed to protect U.S. waters from federal overreach.  It is in response to the recent announcement that EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers had sent the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review before the…

    Posted 4/13/15 at 4:00 PM

  • WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE SENT TO OMB

    The Waters of the United States rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This is the last step before the rule is finalized. OMB has the ability to approve the rule as is or ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make changes before resubmission. Typically OMB reviews…

    Posted 4/6/15 at 4:26 PM

  • 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

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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.