Matthew Hinck, environmental manager, CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif., has been selected to receive the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) 2014 Environmental Leadership Award. NSSGA’s Environmental Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has made exemplary contributions to the industry’s environmental responsiveness, is involved with NSSGA’s environmental programs and has direct day-to-day involvement with his company’s environmental affairs.
“On one of the most crucial regulatory issues facing our industry, EPA’s unwarranted expansion of the Clean Water Act, Matt has led by example,” said NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson, announcing the award. “His willingness to meet with members of Congress and testify at a House Science Committee Field hearing helped the entire industry by fostering congressional opposition to the Waters of the U.S. rule.”
Johnson also noted that Hinck has chaired NSSGA’s Water Quality Task Force since its inception in 2011. He worked within CalPortland and with colleagues from other companies to present examples of how the rule would negatively affect the aggregates industry, particularly those in the western United States, and how it is an unnecessary and abusive regulatory overreach.
In addition to diligent efforts on the Waters of the U.S. rule, Hinck has helped other members with unreasonable water use fees, commented on stormwater requirements and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s silica rule.
One of the letters nominating Hinck noted, “Matt has earned credibility among the regulatory community representatives as a person who will respond efficiently and appropriately to any concerns…Matt’s knowledge of the regulations and best management practices for our industry combine to garner the trust and dialogue necessary to complete projects.”
The Environmental Leadership Award will be presented as part of NSSGA’s Opening General Session, March 16 at NSSGA’s 2015 Annual Convention in Baltimore.