Letter to House Committee on Natural Resources on H.R. 3397
On behalf of the 450 members of the National Sand, Stone & Gravel Association (NSSGA), we write to share our support for H.R. 3397, a bill to require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to withdraw their newly proposed rule entitled “Conservation and Landscape Health” (88 Fed. Reg. 19583 (April 3, 2023)). This legislation provides certainty to aggregate producers, as BLM’s proposed rule would dramatically shift how public lands will be managed. 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. If the proposed rule is adopted, access to public lands for all purposes, including energy, material development, grazing, forest management and recreation would become more difficult, bringing substantial and adverse modifications to the Bureau's management approach for the 245 million acres of land under its supervision. For the aggregates industry, the process of sourcing and supplying materials used to create building blocks for our nation does not need to be more stringent, and this rule will significantly impact our ability to access needed construction materials for infrastructure projects. As America begins to rebuild our aging infrastructure, the aggregates industry needs continual support rather than forced limitations.