This past week hundreds of people from aggregates operations all over the country, inducing various members from the Michigan Aggregates Association, gathered in Washington, D.C., for advocacy, networking and professional development at NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler welcomed the aggregates industry to Washington, D.C., and provided updates on regulatory reform and other EPA priorities, including improving the permitting process, cost-benefit analysis and transparency in regulatory science.
“Sound science must be the foundation of everything we do at the EPA,” Wheeler said. “Americans deserve to know the science guiding EPA decisions that may impact their lives, especially when it’s funded with taxpayer dollars.”
Steven Bradbury, general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), said the agency’s top three priorities are safety, helping to construct the country’s infrastructure and paving the way for new technologies in transportation.
“The economic potential and the freedom potential that the United States has is enabled through strong infrastructure and our transportation systems. This includes the roads, runways and railroad beds that you help build through the materials you supply,” Bradbury told the more than 300 people in the audience.
After the kick off ceremony, MAA along with a number of members met with various Michigan Congressional delegates and expressed:
- that the federal government must place a focus on fixing the Highway Trust Fund;
- that improving our roads, bridges, ports and airports improves the nation’s economy and puts people to work in good-paying jobs;
- that streamlining and reforming regulations are needed to reduce construction delays; and
- urged them to provide support of the various educational safety programs.
MAA thanks the following Congressional members that took time out of their busy schedule to listen to our many concerns and requests: Senator Stabenow, Senator Peters, Representative Walberg, Representative Bergman, Representative Mitchell, Representative Huizenga and Representative Bishop