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NOV 2018

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Page 64 of 107 ROCK products • November 2018 • 63 ENVIRONMENT The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) submitted a Statement for the Record to the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight in support of their efforts to ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bases regulations and guidance on transparent science. NSSGA supports legislation that asks regulators to release data, models and studies so that academics and interested parties are provided the opportunity to validate the findings. "Society's need for a healthy envi- ronment must consider the needs of all those affected by its regulations. A transparent regulatory process – informed by accessible, reproducible scientific methods, data and findings – provides the best opportunity for achieving both imperatives," the asso- ciation wrote in the official statement to the committee. "EPA's proposal rec- ognizes and catalogs ample convincing evidence that the agency's present rulemaking process is inadequate and should be modernized." Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said that the Oct. 3, 2018, hearing titled "Oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency's Implementation of Sound and Trans- parent Science in Regulation," was focused on exploring opportunities to improve the transparency of science used by EPA to create regulations. "I have, in the past, been concerned that the broad discretion and lack of trans- parency at the EPA has led the agency to seek out the science that supports a predetermined policy outcome, rather than relying upon the best available science before coming to conclusions," said Rounds. "Failing to do so results in regulations that overly burden our economy without having a substantial impact on human health or environ- mental protections." Andrew Wheeler, acting EPA admin- istrator, recently told attendees of NSSGA's Legislative & Policy Forum that sound science must be the foun- dation of everything the agency does. "Americans deserve to know the science guiding EPA decisions that may impact their lives, especially when it's funded with taxpayer dollars," he said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a roundtable with Smart Sectors partners to mark one year of Smart Sectors' work, engage in mean- ingful dialogue about agency priorities and to discuss environmental improve- ments across manufacturing sectors. "President Trump is committed to revi- talizing manufacturing in America and as part of this promise, EPA has part- nered with regulated stakeholders to ensure open lines of communication and better environmental and economic outcomes," said EPA Acting Administra- tor Andrew Wheeler. "I am pleased to kick off manufacturing week with the release of the Smart Sectors Program's first annual accomplishments report that details the program's extensive stakeholder engagement including 400 meetings in its first year." The "Smart Sectors Accomplishments Report for 2017-2018" shares other metrics, such as: developing ongoing relationships with many trade associ- ations that represent 13 sectors of the economy, hosting two Administrator roundtables with all sectors, and par- ticipating in 17 site visits that covered the operations of nine different sectors. In its first year, the program also cre- ated a video and story map about best practices in permitting, and unveiled a new sector snapshots web tool to provide environmental and economic data about three sectors – chemical manufacturing, utilities and power generation, and iron and steel – partic- ipating in the program. The Smart Sectors program staff vis- ited the following sites to learn more about sector operations: Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. plant in Lake Jackson, Texas; Port of Cleveland and ArcelorMittal iron and steel facility in Cleveland; Empire Dairy in Wiggins, Colo.; JBS/Five Rivers Cattle Feeding in Kersey, Colo.; Port of Virginia in Nor- folk, Va.; Marathon Petroleum Corp.'s Catlettsburg Refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky.; Empire State Building energy efficiency retrofit and Hudson Yards sites in New York; The Boeing Co. in Charleston, S.C.; FoodMaven in Colo- rado Springs, Colo.; Port Tampa Bay in Tampa and Mosaic Four Corners Mine in Bradley, Fla; Zentech Manufacturing electronics facility in Windsor Mill, Md.; Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair in Erie, Pa.; Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Ind.; and a Lehigh Hanson cement plant in Union Bridge, Md. EPA Kicks Off Manufacturing Week with Smart Sectors Roundtable NSSGA Calls for Transparent Science

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