Aggregates are the second most utilized product in the world and are the foundation to create buildings, roads, airports and bridges. They are indispensable in developing the infrastructure needed to access clean water; deliver reliable energy; and advance environmental stewardship. The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) represents more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel produced annually in the United States. NSSGA’s 400 member companies are actively engaged to advance policies that improve our infrastructure and build more sustainable communities. We are working to enhance our nation’s roads, buildings and the environment through efficient material sourcing and transportation, along with sustainable construction supply chains and effective project delivery. Below is an overview of the specific policies NSSGA is working to address with the 117th Congress and President Biden and his Administration, as we collectively work to build a better future.
Access to Aggregates
NSSGA encourages Congress to support policies that examine the use of aggregates and institutes federal guidance to guarantee continued access to this essential resource.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt in our industry, in our country and around the world. NSSGA remains committed to pushing for public policies that promote the ability for the aggregates industry to build American infrastructure.
NSSGA supports an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which includes developing energy deliverables like wind, solar, hydropower and other renewable sources.
NSSGA members are effective stewards of our environment and value innovation in our industry.
Health & Safety
NSSGA and our member companies are committed to protecting the safety and health of their most precious resource: their workers. Aggregate producers go to great lengths, frequently above and beyond current regulations and laws, to provide safe and healthy work environments.
Pro- Growth Trade
Pro-growth trading policies are important to aggregate and industrial sand producers, along with the manufacturers and businesses that supply them. NSSGA supports new trade agreements, such as USMCA, which restores predictability to North American trade markets and limits disruptions to the construction equipment supply chain.
A tax code that encourages investments in infrastructure development and allows families and businesses operating quarries to continue to create and support high-paying jobs is critical to a growing economy. NSSGA supports sensible reforms to our tax laws that remove undue burdens and allows for innovation in the aggregates industry.
Our nation faces extraordinary infrastructure challenges. With our nation seeking avenues of recovery from the economic ravages inflicted by COVID-19 pandemic, Congress needs to come together to approve infrastructure legislation that leads and enables the American economic comeback – both near- and long-term. NSSGA members are poised to deliver the resources needed to adequately improve our infrastructure and are ready to partner with policymakers to solve these daunting challenges.
A skilled and highly trained workforce is paramount to safely operating quarries that produce the critical materials found in infrastructure projects.
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