• NSSGA REQUESTS COMMENT PERIOD EXTENTION FOR JURISDICTIONAL RULE

    NSSGA has requested an additional 90 days to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on jurisdiction of Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act. The current comment period is 90 days, which will make comments due on July 21. NSSGA has requested additional time to meaningfully comment on the…

    Posted 4/29/14 at 7:15 PM

  • SCIENCE REPORT BOLSTERING EPA’S WATER RULE QUESTIONED

    The independent group of scientists reviewing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Draft Connectivity Report  has issued a draft report of its review of EPA’s science used to underpin their recently proposed Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule.  If finalized as-is, this rule would allow the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate geographically…

    Posted 4/16/14 at 6:50 PM

  • NSSGA MEETS WITH EPA AND PRESENTS TO NRMCA ON CWA RULE

    NSSGA staff met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency April 7 on their recently proposed Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule, which, if enacted as-is, would allow the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate geographically isolated water bodies and wetlands.  NSSGA and other industries expressed concern over the substantial jurisdictional increase this…

    Posted 4/9/14 at 7:29 PM

  • CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS GRILL ADMINISTRATORS OVER CLEAN WATER ACT JURISDICTIONAL RULE

    Just days after the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule, members of Congress voiced displeasure over EPA’s proposed rule allowing regulation of geographically isolated water bodies and wetlands during EPA’s and the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget hearings.  NSSGA has worked for years to share with members of Congress the devastating…

    Posted 4/2/14 at 8:06 PM

  • EPA RELEASES CLEAN WATER JURISDICTIONAL RULE

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a pre-publication version of its long-delayed Clean Water Act Jurisdictional March 25. While the rule is still being evaluated by NSSGA staff, it appears to go far beyond Supreme Court and Clean Water Act limits, and EPA greatly underestimates the economic impacts of such a rule. NSSGA has worked…

    Posted 3/26/14 at 4:39 PM

  • NSSGA Responds to Clean Water Act Rule

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 25 – NSSGA is very concerned by the proposed rule released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency extending federal jurisdiction over large swaths of land that would be classified as “waters of the U.S.” This proposed rule would overstep Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court by effectively removing the significance of…

    Posted 3/25/14 at 6:15 PM

  • WAC OMB MEETING POSTPONED

    The Waters Advocacy Coalition scheduled a meeting for March 17 with the Office of Management and Budget on the forthcoming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule expanding EPA jurisdiction over waters of the United States. NSSGA was to be among the select representatives to attend, but the meeting was canceled due to adverse weather in the…

    Posted 3/19/14 at 8:22 PM

  • WAC BRIEFS CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON CLEAN WATER ACT AND POTENTIAL JURISDICTION CLARIFICATION RULE

    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

  • EPA’S BRISTOL BAY ASSESSMENT SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT FOR EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES

    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