September 22, 2020
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NSSGA Urges Support for BUILDER Act
ALEXANDRIA, VA –The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Michele Stanley today issued the below statement commending Rep. Graves (LA) who introduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure through Limited Delays & Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act this week.
“NSSGA applauds Rep. Garrett Graves (LA) for introducing the Building U.S. Infrastructure through Limited Delays & Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act, which will bring key reforms and clarity to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process– while still maintaining strong environmental protections. The BUILDER Act is critical for our economic recovery, as it enhances recent Administration action to remove pointless red tape. It will allow taxpayer dollars to be used to develop much needed infrastructure that sustains high-paying jobs, improves our communities and advances environmental stewardship.
“During the 40 years since an update to the regulations have occurred, the process has created duplicative agency actions resulting in year-long delays in the permitting of infrastructure projects. We have witnessed hundreds of public works projects, which are important to the livelihoods of all Americans, be halted and delayed by unnecessary lawsuits and bureaucratic setbacks that do nothing to advance the underlaying goals of NEPA. These setbacks are harming our economic potential needed to help our nation recover. This legislation will unleash our potential by allowing investments in renewable energy, clean drinking water, affordable housing, efficient transit and projects that reduce congestion and delays to finally move ahead.
NSSGA members thank Rep. Garrett Graves (LA) for his work and urges Congress to advance this legislation.”
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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.