Letters to Washington
| May 1, 2023

Comments to EPA on RFI Regarding IRA Programs to Lower Embodied Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Construction Materials and Product

On behalf of the 400 members of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, we appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback and response to the EPA’s RFI to support new IRA programs to lower embodied greenhouse gas emissions with construction materials and products. NSSGA is the leading voice and advocate for the aggregates industry and the businesses that supply them, with member companies representing more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel consumed annually in the United States. Our members are responsible for the essential raw materials for developing all infrastructure and are key to producing renewable energy sources as well as sustainable public works projects. From new electric vehicle charging stations, to natural gas and hydrogen production and transportation, our members stand ready to supply the needed construction materials for these projects that will be needed to reduce emissions across the transportation industry. In producing these needed materials, NSSGA members run their operations effectively to maintain air and water quality and are always working to reduce energy use. Aggregates operations are very low contributors to greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions in the U.S. NSSGA members use the GHG emissions calculator to track and work to reduce their energy use and emissions.  Even so, the aggregates industry has undertaken many greenhouse gas mitigation efforts, such as investing heavily in fuel-efficient mobile equipment and improving operational efficiency.