Category: Environment

  • EPA Officially Delays WOTUS

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) delayed implementation of the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule until 2020. “The 2015 WOTUS rule developed by the Obama administration will not be applicable for the next two years, while we work through the process of providing long-term regulatory certainty across…

    Posted 2/1/18 at 10:18 AM

  • Supreme Court Sides with NSSGA on WOTUS Rule

    The U.S. Supreme Court sided with NSSGA on an important challenge to the 2015 “Waters of the United States” Rule (WOTUS) rule. The court issued a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the decision that challenges to WOTUS must be filed in federal district courts. NSSGA and a coalition of members have argued…

    Posted 1/22/18 at 8:12 PM

  • Advocating for Aggregates at Each Branch of Government

    NSSGA and dozens of member companies advocated for the industry before Congress, the White House and U.S. Supreme Court in one day on Oct. 11, 2017. James Roberts, president and CEO of Granite Construction, spoke at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on that day. “It is time to address infrastructure…

    Posted 10/11/17 at 4:40 PM

  • Last Chance! Tell EPA You Support the WOTUS Withdrawal by Sept. 27

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on the withdrawal of the controversial 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) until Sept. 27, 2017. If you have not already done so, please tell EPA that you support the removal of a rule that would have allowed the federal government to regulate dry streambeds…

    Posted 9/21/17 at 3:15 PM

  • Recognizing Outstanding Environmental Stewardship and Leadership

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 14, 2017 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Environmental Excellence, Stars of Excellence and the Environmental Leadership Awards. “I am proud to congratulate these award recipients, as they continue to make an outstanding difference in our industry by fostering environmental stewardship and…

    Posted 9/14/17 at 12:30 PM

  • Pruitt Confirmed to Lead EPA

    Scott Pruitt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the Environmental Protection Agency today by a vote of 52-46, mostly along party lines. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Maine, voted against Pruitt and Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted in support of him.  NSSGA has been a vocal proponent of Pruitt for EPA administrator…

    Posted 2/17/17 at 1:41 PM

  • WOTUS Rule Flawed, Says Congressional Committee

    The process that led to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule “was rife with legal shortcuts, predetermined conclusions, and politically-driven timelines,” according to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a report released today, the committee outlined the flawed process that led administration staff to bypass regulatory protocols…

    Posted 10/27/16 at 6:00 PM

  • Bat Habitat Less Likely to Conflict with Permitting

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will not designate critical habitat for the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB).  This decision removes an additional, unnecessarily burdensome hurdle to development of new or expanded aggregates operations. The NLEB is found in a variety of forested habitats in summer and hibernates in caves and mines in winter…

    Posted 5/4/16 at 2:36 PM

  • CORPS BLASTS WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

    The Army Corps of Engineers had clear reservations from the start over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Several Corps documents obtained by Congress show that the Corps disagreed with multiple legal, scientific and technical aspects of the EPA’s proposal. In the documents, the Corps claims their organization was “not part…

    Posted 7/29/15 at 9:30 AM

  • Senate Committee Passes Legislation Halting Waters Rule

    The Senate Environment and Public Works committee marked up the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, S. 1140, today, and it passed along partisan lines. It forces EPA to start over with the Waters of the U.S. rule, which is damaging to the aggregates industry and transportation initiatives.  No vote for the full Senate is scheduled, but NSSGA…

    Posted 6/10/15 at 3:33 PM