NSSGA needs you to send comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the replacement of the unlawful 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule. NSSGA and member companies opposed the 2015 WOTUS rule that would have allowed the federal government to regulate waters that have little or no connection to flowing rivers and made permitting much more difficult and costly for members via comments, testimony, support for congressional action and, finally, litigation. This replacement proposal includes all of NSSGA’s key suggestions, including exemptions for pits, water treatment systems, dry stream beds and isolated waters.
The EPA is seeking input from the public on the proposed replacement rule by April 15. NSSGA is preparing comments and encourages aggregates operations to tell the agency you support the new, vastly improved rule. Download a template below to use when submitting comments online at this website. Act quickly – the public comment period ends on April 15.
“For years our members have had to work through a lengthy, unreasonable and unpredictable permitting process to expand existing or open new operations. This new rule is the result of input from many stakeholders including members of the aggregates industry,” said NSSGA Senior Director of Environmental Policy Emily Coyner. “We need to show support for finalizing this rule, so members can spend less time on red tape and focus on producing materials to help rebuild our country’s roads and bridges.”