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 states. Both state calls have since led to coordinated action under NSSGA leadership.
The Ohio coalition wrote a letter signed by 13 different Ohio associations ranging from aggregates to soft drinks, all concerned about the impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the U.S. Rule” will have on their businesses. NSSGA staff hand-delivered a copy of this letter to every member of the Ohio congressional delegation.
The North Carolina group has also been active, scheduling meetings with several state officials to educate them on this issue, including the assistant secretary of the North Carolina department of Environment and Natural Resources, who indicated their support of NSSGA’s position. Members of the state coalition plan to meet with the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and their Department of Transportation.