Letter to House Leadership Supporting H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act
On behalf of the 400 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) members, I am writing to share our strong support for H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. NSSGA urges each member of Congress to support this needed act, which will unleash the potential of American energy and roll back permitting challenges, therefore allowing the aggregates industry to continue supplying essential building materials to American communities. H.R. 1 takes significant strides to fix a broken permitting reform process that currently makes the task of sourcing aggregates severely difficult. Under today’s regulatory environment, public works project execution and infrastructure planning takes a significant amount of time and resources. If H.R. 1 is passed, the current National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process will be reformed to streamline all federal reviews for all sectors of the economy. H.R. 1 will also impose a 120-day deadline for filing litigation on final agency actions concerning energy and mining projects, providing more clarity in the permitting process for our producers. Clearing this red tape will allow stone, sand and gravel producers to expeditiously produce aggregates, which are used to deliver a more sustainable infrastructure; create more resilient communities; and enhance America’s ability to develop critical energy.