September 29, 2014
On September 29, NSPE President Harve Hnatiuk, P.E., F.NSPE, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania House Committee on Professional Licensure to comment on a bill (HB 1447) that could repeal Pennsylvania’s industrial exemption. The bill is set to be heard by the committee on October 8. Hnatiuk wrote: “This hearing presents an opportunity to address the need to amend P.L. 913, No. 367, to remove exemptions from licensure and regulation that allow unlicensed individuals to engage in the practice of engineering that could impact the public health, safety and welfare….
September 15, 2014
On September 15, NSPE as part of the Coalition for National Science Funding, sent a letter to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee supporting Chairman Rockefeller’s recent introduction of legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act for five years. In particular, NSPE commends this bill’s acknowledgment of the importance of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its commitment to sustained investment in all fields of engineering.
September 10, 2014
On September 10, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a call for comments regarding paperwork requirements. Section 416 (g) (2) states:
“Submit evidence that demonstrates that the Registered Professional Engineer/firm has the expertise and experience necessary to perform the verification(s); allow BSEE access to witness testing; verify info submitted to BSEE.”
September 2, 2014
On September 2, NSPE submitted comments in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed extension of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Standard on Excavations (Design of Cave-In Protection Systems). NSPE commended OSHA for recognizing the important role Professional Engineers play in protecting the public health, safety and welfare.
August 5, 2014
Facing imminent insolvency as Congress prepared to adjourn for a five-week recess, the Senate and House finally reached a short-term agreement to provide $10.8 billion to fund and reauthorize the Highway Trust Fund through next May. With the Department of Transportation set to begin cutting payments to states the next day, the Senate approved H.R. 5021 on July 31st by a vote of 81-13 bringing to an end a showdown between the two chambers.
July 14, 2014
On July 11, NSPE President Harve Hnatiuk, P.E., F.NSPE, sent a letter urging FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revise FEMA’s levee certification program requirement to shift the responsibility and liability to the parties in the best position to assume that responsibility and liability: the levee boards, owners, and operators. Learn more.
June 12, 2014
On June 12, Manager of Government Relations Arielle Eiser participated in a political action committee event with Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY). NSPE’s top legislative issues were discussed, including the importance of the “E” in STEM. As an engineer in Congress, Representative Tonko has worked diligently to strengthen the American engineering workforce. The Congressman is the primary House sponsor of the Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act (H.R.2426) .
June 10, 2014
On June 10 President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) into law. The conference report was approved overwhelmingly in the Senate by a vote of 91-7 and by an even more remarkable margin of 412-4 in the House of Representatives. WRRDA is the first Army Corps of Engineers authorization since 2007. NSPE endorsed this vital legislation and sent a letter of support to the bill’s primary sponsor, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) in September 2013. In the letter to Chairman Shuster, NSPE President Robert Green, P.E., F.
June 2, 2014
On June 2, NSPE debuted its new Legislative Action Center, now powered by VoterVoice, LLC. This enhanced legislative platform will enable all NSPE members to quickly and easily respond to Action Alerts, look up legislators, learn about legislation NSPE is tracking and see how legislators voted on important issues. Visit the Legislative Action Center today and take action!
On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its long-anticipated proposed rule targeting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. EPA estimates that the new rule would help to reduce power-sector carbon dioxide emissions to approximately 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The EPA’s proposal assigns a specific emissions reduction goal to each state. The rule’s requirements vary significantly among states.