Oct. 19, 2017 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) recently told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Fish and Wildlife Service that unreasonable delays in the permitting process are far too common for aggregates operations. Nancy Haley and Chip Smith from the Corps met in-person at NSSGA’s headquarters with Mark Williams of Luck Companies, Matt Hinck of CalPortland, and NSSGA staff. They discussed improvements for water permits and the withdrawal of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
“We told the Corps that unlike other industries, our operations do not use or release chemicals to produce aggregates,” said Hinck, chairman of NSSGA’s environmental subcommittee. “They seemed interested in making the nationwide permits program more useful to the industry, and we are following up with additional information to help streamline the permitting process for our industry.”
This month, NSSGA submitted comments on the need to streamline nationwide permits to the Corps, and asked Fish and Wildlife to develop a transparent and deadline-driven process for Endangered Species Act consultation. The comments are available to view here, and NSSGA will continue to engage with the Trump administration to reform and improve regulations.