NRMCA Meets with EPA on Newly Created "Smart Sectors Program"
Last week, NRMCA representatives met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss the agency’s newly created Smart Sectors Program. The program, created at the direction of current EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, aims to “facilitate better communication [with trade associations] and streamline operations internally at EPA” while helping to “address executive orders on regulatory reform, energy independence, permit streamlining, and the reconsideration of major regulations.”
As the newest member of the EPA Smart Sectors Program, the ready mixed concrete industry is now one of 14 industry sectors, with a continual direct line of communication to EPA. The program will ultimately help the ready mixed concrete industry to better communicate its messaging to EPA on regulatory burdens, industry best management practices (BMPs) and industry environmental stewardship.
“This new EPA program is welcomed by the ready mixed concrete industry,” stated NRMCA President Robert Garbini. “This new era of potential equitable enforcement on behalf of EPA and its willingness to work with industry is a positive sign for industry as a whole and the ready mixed concrete industry. We look forward to partnering with EPA to continue to produce quality producing concrete, instead of continued feuding with the federal government over costly, burdensome regulations.”
NRMCA’s meeting with EPA covered potential recognition of NRMCA’s Green-Star Program as a BMP; a ready mixed concrete plant tour for the EPA Smart Sectors team in the near future and continued collaboration on equitable enforcement, as opposed to over regulating.