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JUL 2015

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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • July 2015 • 9 Several members of the committee fo- cused on the funding aspect for new highway legislation, including Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) who advocated for a general fund component so even those driving hybrids or not driving at all yet still benefit from the highway system are paying for its funding. Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) announced that he would soon be introducing legisla- tion to increase the fuel user fee with a corresponding decrease in personal income taxes in order to address the regressive nature of the fuel user fee on lower-income Americans. Committee chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) asked Schmitz about the impact of the Waters of the United States rule recently issued by the EPA. Schmitz provided specific examples of how their operations would be nega- tively affected and cited studies that they have already undertaken to deter- mine what would be considered juris- dictional under this rule. Schmitz appeared on a panel with Don Shilling, president of General Equip- ment and Supplies, Fargo, N.D.; Matt Davis, director of Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition, Cincinnati; and Dr. Jon- athan Gifford, professor and director of the Center for Transportation Pub- lic-Private Partnership Policy at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. The 2015 U.S. Open, hosted by the Chambers Bay Golf Course on Puget Sound, Wash., was the first champion- ship match played on a reclaimed sand and gravel site. "The Chambers Bay golf course is just one high profile example of an aggre- gates operation that went on to a high- er purpose of serving its community," said National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association President and CEO Michael Johnson. "It exemplifies the sustain- ability of the stone, sand and gravel in- dustry and shows what an asset an op- eration can be to future generations." Johnson noted that many former ag- gregates operations are transformed into parks, municipal water reser- voirs, golf courses and amusement parks. Some are simply filled in and returned to their original state. U.S. Open Played on Reclaimed Quarry

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