August 17, 2016
NSPE President Kodi Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE, submitted a public comment to the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 16 in response to its proposed rulemaking for Modernization of Property Disclosures for Mining Registrants. The proposed rule requires mining companies to disclose resources and reserves to investors. The SEC proposes to require a “qualified person” to classify a deposit as a reserve.
August 12, 2016
In another major victory for professional engineers, NSPE was able to successfully incorporate a provision requiring PEs to prepare and seal engineering reports as part of all permit applications for abandoned mine lands cleanups. Abandoned mine lands have been an issue for decades. Unaddressed liability issues have prevented proper cleanup until this point. The Locatable Minerals Claim Location and Maintenance Fees Act of 2015 (H.R.
July 14, 2016
On July 7, NSPE issued comprehensive information regarding the fees to apply for PE licensure, renewal, and reinstatement in each state and territory as well as the cost of taking the PE exam in each state. NSPE provides its members with the information and resources they need to earn and maintain the respected PE seal.
July 12, 2016
NSPE needs your help in advocating for federal legislation that encourages engineering education for precollege students.
July 6, 2016
NSPE has filed a brief before the Maryland Supreme Court to protect professional engineers from certain claims by contractors. The brief supports the economic loss doctrine. The application of the doctrine protects PEs from alleged tort claims by contractors for purely economic damages, such as lost profits and delay damages, when there is no contract between the PE and the contractor. The outcome of the case could influence other court decisions at the federal and state levels.
June 13, 2016
In a major victory for professional engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule on emission standards in the oil and natural gas sectors asserts a strong, well- reasoned and well-supported rationale for the need for licensed professional engineers to be in responsible charge on all engineering projects, both in an independent third-party capacity, as well as in an in-house role.
June 8, 2016
On June 7, Congress passed a sweeping overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act. The legislation now goes to the president for his expected signature. NSPE is closely monitoring how this legislation will impact PEs.
May 25, 2016
On May 20, NSPE submitted a letter to Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Al Landis in opposition to a bill (H.B. 214) on the selection of piping material for use on water, wastewater, and storm drainage projects. The bill prohibits a public authority from preferring one type of piping material over another on state-funded projects unless sound engineering practices suggest a certain piping material is more suitable to the project.
May 11, 2016
Every year, NSPE and ACEC partner to administer the QBS Awards, recognizing public and private entities that make exemplary use of the qualifications-based selection process at the federal, state and local levels. QBS Award winners serve as examples of how well the QBS process works, and they help NSPE and ACEC promote the practice of QBS in jurisdictions that do not use, or underutilize, QBS to procure engineering services. NSPE and ACEC are now seeking nominations for the 2016 QBS Awards.
May 4, 2016
NSPE continues to provide its expertise in the autonomous vehicle discussion, advancing the Society’s mission of protecting the public health, safety, and welfare in the development and deployment of these technologies. On May 3, NSPE President Tim Austin, P.E., F.NSPE, submitted a formal comment for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rulemaking, expected to be finalized this summer.