Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2017 - 9
| AGGREGATES ALERTS
NSSGA to Congress: Over-regulation
is Crushing the Aggregates Industry
WARD NYE, MARTIN MARIETTA chairman, CEO and president explained to
members of the House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral
Resources the importance of aggregates
for infrastructure projects and the negative impact of excessive regulation on
efforts to fix the nation's crumbling infrastructure.
"If this country can find a way to invest in [infrastructure], we will put
people to work, we will increase our global competitiveness and we will have
our country in a much better long-term position economically than it is
today," said Nye, who testified on behalf of NSSGA during a March 21 hearing.
He stressed the importance of streamlining the permitting process with
concurrent approvals and reasonable deadlines for all involved. It is all too
common for state-level projects, like the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge in North
Carolina, to face roadblocks that delay critical infrastructure. Nye said that
the bridge is expected to go in service in 2018, after lawsuits from environmental groups caused a near 30-year delay and $95 million in extra costs
to the state. Even the Hoover Dam, considered to be our country's greatest
infrastructure project, could have faced a litany of delays and opposition if
it were to be built today, he said.
Members of the committee agreed with Nye that the process simply takes
too long. "Aggregates such as crushed stone, sand, and gravel are the literal
foundation of many of our infrastructure projects," said Chairman Paul Gosar,
R-Ariz. "Expedited permitting regimes for infrastructure projects will have
little to no effect if the mines that supply materials to those projects do not
share the same accelerated process."
Nye emphasized that the aggregates industry is essential to rebuilding our
nation's infrastructure. "We support thoughtful regulation that preserves
our natural resources, protects our environment, ensures the safety of our
employees and neighbors and furthers the American dream," he said. "We are
opposed, however, to overreaching regulation that puts our infrastructure
needs at the mercy of activists that oppose progress and whose interests
are wholly inconsistent with growing our economy, creating new jobs and
remedying our aging infrastructure."
Seventy percent of the available
exhibit hall space at NSSGA's 2018
Annual Convention and AGG1
Academy & Expo - over 35,000
square feet - is already sold.
Pamala Bouchard, NSSGA vice
president of membership and
meetings, said that the popularity of the show has grown each
year - selling out expo halls in
Baltimore (2015) and Nashville
(2016). Many CONEXPO-CON/
AGG exhibitors made it a point
to secure their space for the
incredibly popular event.
"People are coming to this
show specifically to see and purchase the most advanced equipment, technology and services
for their operations," she said.
"We continue to hear from our
member companies who exhibit
or are looking for the latest and
greatest equipment that this is
now a 'can't-miss' show. We're
thrilled about that response and
looking forward to a great event
in Houston next year."
Contact Bouchard today
at email@example.com or
703-526-1076 to secure a space at
the industry's fastest-growing
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