Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - September/October 2017 - 15
at Every Turn
NSSGA and member companies left no stone
unturned to combat an industry threat.
By Emily Coyner
NSSGA Director of Environmental Policy
NSSGA Director of Government Affairs
Alan Parks, Memphis Stone and Gravel
Co., testifies before the U.S. House of
Representatives Small Business Hearing.
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is well on its way to withdrawing
the Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS), an Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) rule that would have subjected dry land to restrictive
and expensive federal jurisdiction. The EPA is seeking input from the
public on a proposed withdrawal by Sept. 27. The administration plans
to replace the flawed rule with one that respects the rights of states,
businesses and land owners while still protecting the environment.
NSSGA is preparing comments and encourages aggregates operations to
tell the agency that they support this action - and how harmful the
2015 rule would have been to your team. A template for members to
craft their comments is available at www.nssga.org/wotuscomments.
It was a welcome step for aggregates operations, and the latest of
many, many ways that NSSGA fought the unjust and unnecessary
regulation, among others.
In fact, NSSGA has been working on this issue for decades, and has
represented the industry in major federal water law court cases, on
Capitol Hill and over the course of three administrations.
"The men and women of the aggregates industry never once lost
focus on getting this jurisdictional overreach off the books. Through
years of comments, in-person meetings with regulators, court cases
The Winding WOTUS Timeline
CalPortland's Matt Hinck testifies before the U.S.
House of Representatives field hearing on Waters
of the United States proposed rule.
2002-2010: Bills aimed at amending the 1972 Clean Water Act
(CWA) to remove "navigable" are introduced.
* NSSGA and other organizations are successful in halting
advancement of these bills.
April 2011: EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers propose
guidance to expand the CWA.
* May-July 2011: NSSGA comments on the guidance, and meets
with White House and EPA staff to explain the negative
effects on the aggregates industry.
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