Letters to Washington

Comments to OMB RE: Request for Comments on Proposed Guidance for Assessing Changes in Environmental and Ecosystem Services in Benefit-Cost Analysis

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) would like to take this opportunity to provide comments in response to the Office of Management and Budget’s (“OMB”) Aug. 2, 2023, “Assessing Changes in Environmental and Ecosystem Services in Benefit-Cost Analysis” (Draft Guidance). Our industry is heavily regulated from federal, state, and local entities. These regulations are ever changing, and many times are contradictory, causing significant delay and expense for approving projects.

Letter to House Appropriations Committee and THUD Subcommittee on FY2024 Spending Bill

On behalf of the 450 members of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), we write to express our gratitude to the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies for their work to advance the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 spending bill, which fully funds the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Coalition Letter to House Committee on Financial Services on the Protecting Small Business Information Act of 2023 (H.R. 4035)

The undersigned organizations, representing millions of small businesses operating in every community across the country, write in strong support of the Protecting Small Business Information Act of 2023 (H.R. 4035). By delaying the Corporate Transparency Act’s (CTA) reporting requirements from taking effect until a robust regulatory framework is put into place, your legislation will help ensure affected businesses are not subjected to an overly burdensome and unpredictable compliance regime.

NSSGA Comments on MSHA's Proposed Silica Rule

On July 13, 2023, The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a proposed rule, “Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica and Improving Respiratory Protection.” The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and our member companies have carefully reviewed and analyzed the proposed standard. We respectfully submit the following comments, which include issues, recommendations, and most importantly, rationale backed by research and data.

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee and THUD Subcommittee on FY2024 Spending Bill

On behalf of the 450 members of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), we write to express our gratitude to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies for their hard work to advance the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 bill which enhances public transit, airports, railways and roads nationwide. NSSGA represents the aggregates and industrial sand industry of our country, with over 9,000 facilities and more than 100,000 employees in high-paying jobs. The urgency to repair our nation’s current infrastructure has never

NSSGA Comments on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposed Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations Pertaining to Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants, 50 CFR 17

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is pleased to submit these comments on proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations Pertaining to Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants, under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In general, NSSGA finds the proposed changes unjustifiably expand the scope of the ESA.

Coalition Comments to CEQ Urging a Comment Period Extension on the Proposed Rule to Amend Procedural Provisions of NEPA

The undersigned organizations respectfully urge a comment period extension of at least 45 days on the Council on Environmental Quality’s (“CEQ’s”) proposed rule to amend the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), including the implementation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act’s significant amendments to NEPA. The undersigned organizations represent many sectors of our economy. Our industries drive economic growth, from telecom to ports, airlines to automakers, energy, construction and labor, real estate, mining, trucking, manufacturing and more.

NSSGA Comments on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Proposed Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat; Implementing Proposed Changes to the Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat under the ESA; Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–20

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is pleased to submit these comments on proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS), National Marine Fisheries Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (the agencies) Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat; Implementing Changes to the Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In general, NSSGA finds much of the proposed changes unjustifiably add to confusion and the scope of the ESA.

RCC Letter to President Biden on STB Chairman and Member Renominations

The undersigned organizations representing the Rail Customer Coalition (RCC) urge the renomination of Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Martin Oberman and Member Patrick Fuchs. The RCC is a collection of trade associations representing a broad cross-section of manufacturing, agricultural, energy and other industries that depend on the railroads to deliver reliable and affordable service so our members can remain competitive in the global market. Our members collectively provide more than 7 million jobs and produce more than $4.8 trillion in economic output.

Letter to MSHA Requesting an Extension of the Comment Period for the Proposed Silica Rule

On July 13, 2023, The Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) published a proposed rule, “Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica and Improving Respiratory Protection.” (Silica Standard). The Silica Standard provides for a public comment period of 45-days, which expires at midnight eastern time on August 28, 2023. The National Stone Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) requests an extension of the public comment period for an additional 60-days and proposes that the public comment period be extended until midnight eastern time on October 27, 2023.

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