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.
June 12, 2017
In a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, NSPE emphasized the essential role of professional engineers in the nation’s transportation infrastructure. NSPE President Kodi Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE, stated, “professional engineer’s education, experience, and professional obligations to protect the public health, safety, and welfare place the professional engineer in a key leadership role in ensuring infrastructure innovation, rebuilding, and growth.
May 30, 2017
NSPE is urging the Department of Energy to include professional engineers in all stages of assessment and development of the electric grid.
May 16, 2017
NSPE and the Professional Engineers of Oregon are urging state legislators to oppose a bill that would enable commercial interior designers to engage in the practice of engineering.
May 11, 2017
NSPE sent a letter to the Office of Personnel Management urging the department to revise its individual occupational requirements for all “Professional Engineering Positions, 0800.” OPM’s use of the term “professional engineering” to define positions that are not professional engineering positions creates substantial confusion about job scope and responsibilities. NSPE, therefore, urges OPM to stop using the term “Professional Engineering Positions” and to retitle the classification as “Engineering Positions.”