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.
July 18, 2017
NSPE is actively working to defeat federal legislation that would undermine the role of the professional engineer in making final decisions about the correct type of piping to use in our nation’s water systems.
July 13, 2017
NSPE continues to fight efforts to stop a critical final rule on oil and natural gas emissions that require a professional engineer to perform critical functions to meet performance standards. On July 12, NSPE President Kodi Jean Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F. NSPE submitted public comment to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its reconsideration of the requirement for a professional engineer to certify the closed vent system design and capacity assessment.
July 10, 2017
NSPE Executive Director Mark Golden testified at an EPA hearing on July 10 to fight efforts to stop a critical final rule on oil and natural gas emissions that require a professional engineer to perform critical functions to meet performance standards. In his comments to the EPA, Golden said, “There is no reason or basis for displacing properly enacted final rules at this time.