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and many efforts, NSSGA and operations around the country
worked hard to get to this point," said Michael W. Johnson,
NSSGA president and CEO. "I applaud the entire industry's commitment to this issue and look forward to our next - and vital
- efforts to work with EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers
to create a replacement rule that makes sense for aggregates
operators. We produce the very building blocks of America's
infrastructure and economic growth."
These may not look like waters protected by EPA, but could have
required mitigation under the WOTUS rule before being quarried.
March 2014: Administration withdraws
guidance and proposes Waters of the U.S. Rule.
* April-November 2014: NSSGA meets with
White House and EPA staff to explain
the negative effects of this expansion
of the CWA on the industry and submits
* March-November 2014: NSSGA meets
with members of Congress to encourage
clarification of WOTUS jurisdiction via
legislation: HR 5078 passes the House which
would have withdrawn and required a
rewrite of WOTUS.
From the moment the Obama administration first
proposed guidance in 2011 to expand federal jurisdiction over waters by adding the WOTUS rule to the Clean
Water Act, NSSGA and companies engaged regulators
and lawmakers. A proposed rule was released in 2014
and NSSGA, allied industries and aggregates companies went back to the Hill and held multiple meetings
with regulators, White House staff, and members of
Congress to explain that the Obama administration's
WOTUS rule would be a disaster for the aggregates
industry and have enormous impacts on infrastructure
projects. In these meetings, NSSGA members provided
real world examples of aggregates operations to illustrate the unreasonable extent of the rule, such as
showing the increased land areas that would require
mitigation and in turn lead to millions of dollars of
additional cost in expanding or developing sites. This
would ultimately result in higher costs and delays for
critical infrastructure and public works projects
around the country.
NSSGA led the industry charge on the Hill and testified at hearings and logged several hundred visits to
Members Speak Out
* May 2014: NSSGA member Alan Parks of
Memphis Stone & Gravel testifies on the
negative impacts of WOTUS before the House
Small Business Committee.
* June 2014: NSSGA member Matt Hinck of
CalPortland Company testifies on the negative
impacts of WOTUS in the southwest U.S. at a
House Science Committee field hearing.
* June 2014: Senate introduces S 2496 which
would have withdrawn and rewritten the
WOTUS rule, but the bill never proceeds to
November 2014: Over 1,000,000 comments
submitted by close of public comment period.
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