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 and negatively impacted the permitting process for aggregates operations.
NSSGA has submitted comments on behalf of the industry in support of this effort, but members should also comment. NSSGA has prepared a template for members to use. Once filled out, member companies can submit comments online at this website by Sept. 27, 2017.
“It’s vital that we support the administration’s withdrawal and re-proposal of this rule. It’s is very rare that a bad rule gets a ‘do-over;’ please tell EPA you support this effort,” said Emily Coyner, senior director of environmental policy. “Thanks to our members who have continued to work with us to fix this rule.”
NSSGA seeks a small producer to participate in an upcoming EPA meeting on the WOTUS redo which will be held on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, from 9 to 11 a.m., Eastern time, at the U.S. EPA’s Headquarters located in Washington, D.C. Please contact Emily Coyner at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to participate; the deadline to sign up is Oct. 13.
NSSGA member Alan Parks of Memphis Stone & Gravel recently joined Coyner in weighing in on the rule during a listening session for small businesses on Sept. 20, 2017. Parks asked that EPA set “clear, objective characteristics” for the waters that its rule will cover, and to exclude pits and quarries from federal jurisdiction.