November 6, 2017
NSPE is calling for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to revise its autonomous vehicles guidance to ensure an impartial third-party places the public health, safety, and welfare above all other considerations. On November 6, NSPE President Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, submitted a formal comment to NHTSA in response to the release of the new voluntary guidance on automated driving systems, Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety.
November 1, 2017
NSPE extends its sincerest congratulations to longtime NSPE member J. Steven Gardner, P.E., on his nomination as director, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. NSPE President Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE stated in a letter of congratulations that, “The important role and responsibilities of the director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement clearly call for a leader who has proven qualifications attained only through a PE license.
October 26, 2017
NSPE is calling for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct a thorough and complete investigation into the events leading to the shutdown of construction of two nuclear reactors in South Carolina.
October 16, 2017
NSPE secured a major provision in a mine reclamation bill (H.R. 2937) that requires the seal of a PE on engineering plans. The Community Reclamation Partnerships Act, passed by the House of Representatives in October, eases state and community efforts to clean up areas affected by abandoned mines. The bill requires all project submissions to the Secretary of the Interior to include a description of the proposed project and also would set up a process for nongovernmental organizations to help restore abandoned mine sites and surrounding areas.
October 12, 2017
NSPE has played a critical role in the development of a recently introduced bill that would bolster early engineering education. The Developing Tomorrow’s Engineering and Technical Workforce Act was introduced on October 11, by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and cosponsors Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY). NSPE secured a bill provision explicitly emphasizing early engineering education as a vital component in attaining licensure as a professional engineer. This bipartisan legislation, H.R.
September 20, 2017
The second version of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guidance on autonomous vehicles, A Vision for Safety, has reinforced the National Society of Professional Engineers’ disappointment and deepened its concern due to the guidance’s failure to adequately take into account NSPE’s expressed public safety concerns.
September 19, 2017
NSPE continues to lead on ensuring the protection and promotion of engineering licensure. NSPE has been a leading force against the growing anti-occupational licensure movement, educating policymakers and the public about the critical need for licensure for a learned profession that, above all else, must protect the public health, safety, and welfare. On September 12, NSPE Government Relations staff participated in a hearing on occupational licensure convened by the House Judiciary Committee.
September 8, 2017
Hurricane Harvey became the first major Atlantic hurricane of the season to make landfall in late August. Even as Harvey’s strength was reduced to a tropical storm level, it produced record setting rains that caused catastrophic flooding in the greater metropolitan area of Houston and other parts of southeastern Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbot declared a state of disaster on August 28 with damages projected to reach up to $180 billion.
In a record-breaking advocacy action alert campaign, more than 700 NSPE members contacted 289 House offices to oppose a bill that would make sweeping changes to federal motor vehicle safety standards to accelerate the widespread deployment of autonomous vehicles.
July 25, 2017
NSPE expressed disappointment and concern that a bill on the testing and deployment of highly automated vehicles will allow automakers to deploy the vehicles without first addressing the major safety, technological, and ethical implications.