Letter to Senate Leadership Supporting the START Act
On behalf of the 400 members of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) I am writing to share our strong support for S. 4815, the Simplifying Timelines and Assure Regulatory Transparency Act (START Act). This bill is crucial, as it will provide reforms to regulations and permitting timelines; which are needed in order to help modernize our infrastructure. We thank Senator Capito for her work in authoring this legislation that takes needed steps to help build America. The START Act promotes a number of sound permitting policies, most importantly, codifying needed reforms to the National Environmental Permitting Act (NEPA) process under Section 2. Earlier this year, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) broadened NEPA definitions and added duplicative federal agency reviews that will do nothing to improve environmental outcomes. What is more frustrating is that these new rules run counter to the bipartisan NEPA reforms that were included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) which was signed into law last November. The START Act eliminates these new, unnecessary requirements and implements much-needed changes to the outdated NEPA process, placing investments for new roads bridges, tunnels, clean energy, water, ports, and rail on a path of regulatory certainty.