Regulatory measures to keep an eye on this year

By |  May 23, 2018

The Trump administration offered some clarity on its regulatory priorities earlier this month upon releasing its spring regulatory agenda.

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) zeroed in on a few particular areas of the agenda, including the Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

NSSGA attended a meeting at the White House this month as part of ongoing efforts to stress the importance of a rule that protects the environment and is clear for operators. August 2018 is the target date for EPA to release a proposed rewrite of the 2015 WOTUS rule, the association says. The Trump administration seeks to finalize its new rule in September 2019.

According to NSSGA, the rewritten rule will replace the 2015 rule that would have regulated dry streambeds and isolated waters. EPA will still need to officially withdraw the 2015 rule, the association adds, but that is expected to occur later this year.

The Department of Labor’s regulatory agenda, meanwhile, states that the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) is requesting data and information on technologies that can reduce accidents involving powered haulage equipment. Also, MSHA continues to seek public comment on possible reforms of existing standards and regulations, as well as continued input on approaches that could improve control of diesel particulate matter in underground facilities, NSSGA adds.

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Kevin Yanik is editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry. He can be reached at 216-706-3724 or

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