NSSGA Comments on Union Pacific Railroad Company's Embargo
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (“NSSGA”) submits these written comments to the Surface Transportation Board (“STB” or “Board”) pursuant to the November 22, 2022, Notice from the STB in the proceeding referenced above, which permits interested stakeholders to submit testimony or comments on the issues raised in the November 22, 2022, Notice in this matter. NSSGA is the leading voice and advocate for the aggregates industry. Our members are stone, sand, and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them. NSSGA’s member companies produce more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel consumed annually in the United States. Aggregates are the building block that builds towns and cities and the connections in between. The industry is synonymous with infrastructure, homes, schools, hospitals, and every community. Aggregates play a crucial role in everything we touch - housing, roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, ports, water supply, sewers, electrical grids, and telecommunications. As a result, NSSGA members will play a crucial role in the success of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“IIJA”) that became effective on November 15, 2021. The IIJA will help rebuild America’s roads, bridges, ports and rail and all infrastructure projects funded under this historic legislation. It will strengthen supply chains by making long overdue improvements for the nation’s ports, airports, rail, and roads. The aggregates industry will supply the materials needed to make these necessary projects happen.