Category: Environment

  • 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

  • SENATE INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN WOTUS BILL

    A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) bill, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act , S. 1140, on April 30.  Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sponsored the legislation that protects traditional navigable waters of the U.S. …

    Posted 5/1/15 at 7:14 AM

  • SENATE EPW COMMITTEE APPROVES TSCA MODERNIZATION BILL

    The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee voted 15-5 to approve the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act, on April 28 The bipartisan agreement came a day after Sens. David Vitter,R-La., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., achieved agreement on a deal that made changes designed…

    Posted 4/30/15 at 1:30 PM