Aggregate producer asks Congress to adjust regulations

By |  September 7, 2017

National Stone, Sand & Gravel (NSSGA) member Louis Griesemer, from Missouri-based Springfield Underground, called on the House Small Business Committee to take action on regulations that cause delays and harm small operations, NSSGA reports.

According to NSSGA, Griesemer told the committee that many federal permit requirements work at cross purposes. For example, federal air permits require the use of water for dust mitigation. However, the Federal Aviation Administration doesn’t want Springfield Underground to store water in ponds because the quarry is close to an airport and migratory birds could impact air traffic.

In order to balance out issues like this, Griesemer asked that the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act be applied to proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) rules. He also requested for federal agencies to meet deadlines to determine if certain regulations apply to a site, as well as for permit approvals, NSSGA adds.

“I want to be clear that I am not against regulation, nor is NSSGA,” Griesemer says. “We have found that we can accomplish more by working together, rather than having just a command-and-control relationship.”

Griesemer also serves as the co-chair of the MSHA-NSSGA Alliance.

Allison Barwacz

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Allison Barwacz is the senior digital media content producer for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating eNewsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM's Portable Plants & Equipment magazine, GPS World magazine and Geospatial Solutions. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform.

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