November 15, 2019
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NSSGA Commends Reps. Greg Stanton (AZ-09) and Troy Balderson (OH-12) on Introduction of The ROCKS Act
ALEXANDRIA, VA – National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) President and CEO Michael W. Johnson issued the following statement commending Reps. Greg Stanton (AZ-09) and Troy Balderson (OH-12) on their introduction of the Rebuilding Our Communities by Keeping aggregates Sustainable (ROCKS) Act.
“Today’s introduction of the ROCKS Act is a powerful testament to the value and importance of crushed stone, sand and gravel in the betterment of our communities. I applaud Congressmen Greg Stanton (AZ-12) and Troy Balderson (OH-12) for their leadership in authoring the bill.”
“The ROCKS Act will serve to bring efficiencies between the construction of much-needed public works projects with the access to raw materials necessary to build and revive the roads, bridges and infrastructure projects in our nation’s communities.
“The ROCKS Act would bring together stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels to evaluate use of aggregates for transportation and construction projects. The location of aggregates resources can then be evaluated and ensured in relation to the construction project. By studying and committing to the availability of such aggregates, the resources can be efficiently produced and transported to the nearby projects, which would also lessen the truck traffic to transport the rock to the project. Shorter transportation distance from the resource to the project will mean less truck traffic on the roads; reduced emissions; and more affordable costs for the projects themselves. It would be a win-win for us all.”
NSSGA is the leading advocate for the aggregates industry. Its members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them – produce the essential raw materials found in homes, buildings, roads, bridges and public works projects, NSSGA represents more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel produced annually in the United States. Learn more at www.nssga.org.