Karen Hubacz-Kiley of Bond Construction in Spencer, Mass., represented NSSGA on Capitol Hill on Dec. 6 to share the aggregates industry’s perspective on how the onerous 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) would impact small operations.
Hubacz-Kiley said the rule was a massive regulatory overreach and called on regulators for clarity.
“The rule must be replaced so there is a clear, black and white, distinction on where we can and can’t quarry rock,” she said and highlighted the potential financial costs of keeping the existing rule as it is. “I don’t want to have to hire a team of lawyers and environmental consultants every time I want to expand our operation to fulfill a need. If they get it wrong, then Bond Construction could face fines as high as $50,000 per day.”
The Trump administration has been working on repealing and replacing the existing rule with one that makes sense for balancing environmental protection and economic growth. NSSGA has long been a proponent of repealing and replacing the 2015 WOTUS rule and exempting quarries and pits.
Hubacz-Kiley was joined by representatives from the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Home Builders Association who all relayed the incredible burden that the existing rule will have on putting food on the table and preventing the construction of new homes.
“My family and most of our employees live in the town that we operate, so clean and safe drinking water is incredibly important to me, our team and my family,” she said.