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     www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • October 2018 • 55 ENVIRONMENT The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced the recipients of its 2018 Environmental Excel- lence Awards. "We are glad to recognize operations from around the country that go above and beyond to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable environmental practices," said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. "These operations prove that quarries are true assets to their communities." NSSGA's annual awards program recognizes aggregates oper- ations throughout the United States for their extraordinary commitment to safety, their continuing performance of safe environmental practices and educating others about the industry. These operations were recognized during NSSGA's Legislative & Policy Forum, Sept. 25-27, in Washington, D.C. Gold Award Recipients These awards provide national recognition for NSSGA producer member's operations actively contributing to the maintenance of the environment in and around their operations as evidenced by a corporate commitment to the exemplary use of environmental controls and systems. This award is based, in part, on the extent to which an operation meets and exceeds technical environmental and regulatory requirements. It is not based on aesthetic or beautification criteria. Any active NSSGA producer member operation is eligible for the award. This operation must certify it is in compliance with all appli- cable governmental environmental regulatory requirements and does not have a pattern of violations during the time period of two full years prior to the date of application. Two Stars of Excellence Award Lake Wales Sand Mine earned a Two Star of Excellence Award this year. This prestigious distinction recognizes operations that have received Gold Awards in both Environmental and Community Relations Excellence within five years. The Flori- da-based Cemex operation previously received a Community Relations Gold Award in 2017. Winners are: • 474 Sand Mine, Cemex, Orlando, Gold. •  Charmian Plant, Specialty Granules LLC, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., Gold. •  Churchville Quarry, Martin Marietta, Cockeysville, Md., Gold. • Federal Quarry, Lehigh Hanson, McCook, Ill., Gold. •  Honey Island Sand & Gravel, LafargeHolcim, Pearl River, La., Gold. •  Kremlin Plant, Specialty Granules LLC, Pembine, Wis., Gold. • Lake Wales Sand Mine, Cemex, Polk Co., Fla., Gold. •  Manteno Quarry, Vulcan Construction Materials, Naper- ville, Ill., Gold. •  Presque Isle Quarry, LafargeHolcim, Presque Isle, Mich., Gold. • Tilcon Mt. Hope Quarry, CRH Americas Materials, Parsip- pany, N.J., Gold. NSSGA Announces 2018 Environmental Excellence Awards On Aug. 16, the U.S. District Court in South Carolina issued a summary judgment against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) two-year delay of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule, reinstating the rule in all but the 26 states listed below due to earlier judicial stays. Due to current developments, it's unlikely the 2015 rule will be in effect for long. The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and other industries, as a litigation coalition, are appealing this decision and pursuing a judicial stay of the 2015 rule in the parts of the United States not covered by the existing stays and considering other legal options. Additionally, the United States government, states and other litigants will likely appeal the Aug. 16 decision and the pro- posed replacement rule is under review at the White House. If operators have a Clean Water Act 404 dredge and fill permit pending in any of the states where the rule is not in effect, keep an eye on these developments. Any operators consid- ering a permit application in a state where the rule is now in effect, you may want to hold off until this issue is resolved. The decision should not affect existing permits at this time. NSSGA continues to pursue every option to oppose the 2015 WOTUS rule, which would cause dry stream beds and other marginal features to be considered waters of the United States, requiring costly permits and mitigation. The 26 exempted states are: • Alabama. • Indiana.     • North Carolina. • Alaska. • Kansas. • North Dakota. • Arizona. • Kentucky.    • South Carolina. • Arkansas. • Missouri. • South Dakota. • Colorado. • Montana. • Utah. • Florida. • Nebraska. • Wisconsin. • Georgia. • New Mexico. • West Virginia. • Idaho. • Nevada. • Wyoming. WOTUS Rule Reinstated in 24 States

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