September 29, 2015
The NSPE Committee on Policy and Advocacy (COPA) is working diligently on policy matters of great importance to the licensed PE. We are looking for subject matter experts in the following areas to provide immediate counsel to each issue working group of COPA’s three subcommittees (threat assessment, policy development and advocacy):
September 25, 2015
On September 21, Rep. Bruce Westerman, P.E. (R-AR), an NSPE member, filed an official complaint with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, regarding the August 5, 2015, Gold King Mine disaster. In a September 17 congressional joint oversight committee hearing, Westerman asked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy why a licensed PE was not in responsible charge of the Gold King Mine project.
September 17, 2015
At a joint hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held on September 17, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified about the role of the EPA in the August 5 Gold King Mine blowout that resulted in a three-million gallon toxic spill into the Animas and San Juan rivers. Rep.
September 14, 2015
On September 14, NSPE submitted a public comment to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commending the agency for proposing additional safety measures requiring a professional engineer to prepare site-specific gas collection and control system (GCCS) plans as part of the proposed rule Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.
September 4, 2015
NSPE is saddened by the recent gold mine blowout of the Gold King Mine, which resulted in a three-million gallon toxic spill into the Animas and San Juan rivers affecting communities in multiple states. This spill has brought under scrutiny the EPA’s requirements and practices. Although specific details regarding the onsite team and its practices have still not yet been fully disclosed, NSPE strongly urges the EPA and all federal agencies to review their existing requirements and practices.
August 20, 2015
On August 20, as the result of extensive advocacy efforts by the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers and NSPE, the Indiana Job Creation Commission (JCC) rescinded its troubling recommendation to eliminate licensure of the Professional Engineer. The JCC, which was created in 2014 to examine the licensing of all of the state’s professional boards, released its draft report on June 17 recommending elimination of the PE license in Indiana.
August 4, 2015
On July 29th Congress yet again failed to come to agreement on a long-term infrastructure bill and instead settled for a three month patch that will run out on October 29th. This is the 34th short-term extension in the past ten years. Long-term legislation is needed for PEs to properly plan, design, implement, construct, operate and maintain our nation's infrastructure systems. NSPE urges Congress in the strongest terms possible to stop lurching from one infrastructure funding crisis to another.
June 29, 2015
On June 29th, NSPE unveiled a great new advocacy resource for all NSPE members: the PE Legislators webpage. Professional engineers are impacting policy at all levels of government. Learn about PEs who became legislators and their experiences, and gain insights into how NSPE members can advocate for the profession. Included are helpful advocacy training tips.
May 28, 2015
Facing a May 31 deadline, Congress once again passed a short-term funding patch to avoid imminent insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund. Since September 30, 2014, when the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act expired, Congress has relied on short-term funding laws, commonly known as patches, to finance our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure. NSPE and transportation industry groups have been strongly urging Congress to stop relying on stopgap spending and come up with a long-term authorizing bill that will protect the public health, safety and welfare.
April 30, 2015
On April 30, NSPE submitted a public comment to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) commending the agency for recognizing the critical role of professional engineers in the recently released notice of proposed rulemaking in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.