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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

  • EPA UNVEILS 2015 REGULATORY AGENDA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its 2015 regulatory agenda Nov. 25. The agency is on track to finalize several major rules. Of interest to NSSGA is the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which EPA is expected to finalize in April 2015. Ken Kopocis, deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water, said that the agency…

    Posted 11/26/14 at 11:07 AM

  • EPA WOTUS COMMENT PERIOD CLOSES; NSSGA MEMBERS SUBMIT COMMENTS

    The comment period closed Nov. 14 for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed rule on waters of the United States (WOTUS). NSSGA submitted comments on behalf of the association, as well as signing onto group comments from the Waters Advocacy Coalition and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. NSSGA also encouraged…

    Posted 11/21/14 at 2:46 PM

  • HOUSE CONSIDERS LEGISLATION AFFECTING SCIENCE IN REGULATIONS

    The House is considering three bills this week that deal with the role of science in the formulation of new federal regulations. H.R. 4012 would require the Environmental Protection Agency to publicly release all of the data it uses to justify regulations; H.R. 4795 would change requirements on air regulations and legislation and H.R. 1422…

    Posted 11/20/14 at 1:07 PM

  • NSSGA Meets With EPA to Oppose Clean Water Act Overreach

    On the eve of the comment deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, NSSGA met with senior staff at EPA to discuss NSSGA’s opposition to the rule.  NSSGA staff members were joined by Mark D. Williams of Luck Stone, who showed an on-the-ground example of how…

    Posted 11/18/14 at 10:40 PM

  • NSSGA ASKS EPA TO WITHDRAW ITS FLAWED RULE ON “WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES”

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider its proposal to radically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the U.S.  Aggregates producers argued that the policy change is unjustifiable and the cost to the…

    Posted 11/14/14 at 4:12 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.