EPA’s Withdrawal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) is a Positive Step Forward


September 12, 2019

CONTACT: Patrick Dunne
(703) 216-6923, pdunne@nssga.org 

EPA’s Withdrawal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) is a Positive Step Forward

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule is a positive step forward to realizing a more achievable WOTUS rule.   

“We are pleased to see EPA take the positive step forward of withdrawing the flawed 2015 WOTUS rule,” said NSSGA Environmental Committee Chairman Mark Williams of Luck Companies. “The 2015 rule caused great confusion by controlling dry streambeds and man-made features far from flowing waters, making permitting aggregates operations more difficult, impacting vital infrastructure projects.”

The EPA issued a proposed WOTUS rule to replace this one in late 2018. The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) supports many of the improvements EPA made in the 2018 proposal.

 “EPA’s withdrawal is a necessary step.  Our focus must remain on getting the WOTUS rule right to provide necessary protections while also providing aggregates producers the regulatory certainty in which to plan and operate their businesses,” said NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson. “EPA’s proposed rule, issued in December 2018, provides many improvements over the flawed 2015 rule. NSSGA members have led on this issue and will continue to work with the administration and Congress to get the rule right in the end.” 

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NSSGA is the leading advocate for the aggregates industry. Its members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them – produce the essential raw materials found in homes, buildings, roads, bridges and public works projects, NSSGA represents more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel produced annually in the United States. Learn more at www.nssga.org.

 

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