NSSGA staff met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) April 7 on their recently proposed Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule, which, if enacted as-is, would allow the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate geographically isolated water bodies and wetlands.
NSSGA and other organizations expressed concern over the substantial jurisdictional increase this rule would grant EPA, the lack of clarity that would lead to delays in permitting, and other problems for businesses. NSSGA has met with EPA numerous times on this topic, and will continue to represent the industry as this rule moves toward completion.
At the request of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, NSSGA also briefed their Environmental Committee on the rule April 8.
The proposed rule has not yet been published in the Federal Register, which will start the 90-day comment period. NSSGA will submit comments on the rule on behalf of the aggregates industry and will join members of the Waters Advocacy Coalition in submitting general analysis.
NSSGA continues to meet weekly with members of Congress to share the aggregates industries’ concerns with this rule.