Letter to Congress on S.J. Res. 24 and H.J. Res. 49, Reversing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Designation of the Northern Long-Eared Bat as Endangered Under the ESA
On behalf of the 450 members of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), we write to urge you to vote to reverse the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) designation of the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), on S.J. Res 24 and H.J. Res. 49. Rather than safeguarding the species against vital population factors, the current classification through rewritten regulations on critical habitat hinders the development of nationwide infrastructure through burdensome, bureaucratic red tape and inhibits the sustainability, growth and longevity of the NLEB population. NSSGA serves as the voice of the aggregates industry in the United States, which includes more than 9,000 facilities and over 100,000 employees in lucrative positions. This industry annually sources 2.5 billion tons of aggregates, crucial for sustaining our contemporary lifestyle and building the nation's infrastructure and communities. As the primary link in the building supply chain, the aggregates sourced by the industry form fundamental building blocks required to construct roads, airports, transit, rail, ports, clean water and energy networks.