Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2018 - 10
| AGGREGATES ALERTS
NSSGA Comments on
WOTUS, Pruitt Outlines
Need for Withdrawal
KAREN HUBACZ-KILEY, of Bond
Construction in Spencer, Mass., represented NSSGA on Capitol Hill on
Dec. 6, 2017, to share the aggregates
industry's perspective on how the
onerous 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule
(WOTUS) would impact small operations. She 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
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
MSHA Brings on Industry Veteran
AGGREGATES INDUSTRY VETERAN Ed Elliott joined MSHA as a
senior advisor to the acting assistant secretary in November 2017.
With a 30-year career in the aggregates industry, recently working as director of safety and health for Rogers Group, Inc., Elliott
truly understands safety at quarries and pits. He will work directly
with David Zatezalo, who was confirmed by the Senate in December
2017 to lead MSHA.
As he settles into his new role, Elliott said that he looks forward
to frequently meeting with operators and miners across the country.
"Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta wants us to reach out and
engage with stakeholders to improve overall safety and health for
miners," Elliott said. He also looks forward to putting his industry
expertise to good use while at the agency. "There are a lot of positive things being done in the metal and nonmetal industry that
I think can benefit how we approach safety and health," he said.
Elliott is a past recipient of the James M. Christie Safety Professional
of the Year Award and previously chaired NSSGA's Safety Committee.
NSSGA looks forward to continuing to work with Elliott and others
at the agency.
STONE, SAND & GRAVEL REVIEW, January/February 2018
growth. NSSGA has long been a proponent of repealing and replacing
the 2015 WOTUS rule and exempting
quarries and pits.
One day later, EPA Administrator
Scott Pruitt said that his goal is to
provide a clear and rewritten rule
in the coming months to the House
Energy & Commerce Subcommittee
on the Environment.
The Obama administration "failed
miserably" to put forward a clear
rule because there is confusion
across the country on what qualifies under WOTUS and where federal jurisdiction begins and ends.
Pruitt traveled to over 27 states in
his first 10 months at EPA to hear
how this rule affects different parts
of the country.
"This type of top-down regulation does not foster a cooperative
relationship with the states that
Congress intended in the Clean Water
Act," he said in his statement to the
committee. "So it's not deregulation
in the truest sense, it's [providing]
regulatory clarity going forward so
that we know where federal jurisdiction begins and ends."