July 15, 2020
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Final National Environmental Policy Act Ruling Announced
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, following the announcement by President Trump in Atlanta, the final National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule by the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality was released. The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Michele Stanley issued the following statement:
“NSSGA applauds the Administration for releasing the final rule that will bring much needed modernization and clarity to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process– while still maintaining strong environmental protections. Once enacted, this rule will remove unnecessary red tape and allow taxpayer dollars to be used to develop much needed infrastructure that sustains high-paying jobs, improves our communities and advances environmental stewardship.
“It has been more than 40 years since a comprehensive update of the NEPA regulations has been conducted. During this time the process has created duplicative agency actions resulting in year-long delays in the permitting of infrastructure projects. We have witnessed hundreds of public works projects, which are important to the livelihoods of all Americans, be halted and delayed by unnecessary lawsuits and bureaucratic setbacks that do nothing to advance the underlaying goals of NEPA. These setbacks caused by the current process is harming our economic potential needed to help our nation recover. Today’s action is an important step in unleashing our potential by allowing investments in renewable energy, clean drinking water, affordable housing, efficient transit and projects that reduce congestion and delays to finally move ahead.”
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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.