September 7, 2017
“I want to be clear that I am not against regulation, nor is NSSGA,” Griesemer, who also serves as the as the co-chair of the Mine Safety and Health Administration-NSSGA Alliance, told the committee, according to the NSSGA. “We have found that we can accomplish more by working together, rather than having just a command and control relationship.”
He told the committee that many federal permit requirements contradict each other. For example, federal air permits require the use of water for dust mitigation, but the Federal Aviation Administration doesn’t want Springfield Underground to store water in ponds because it is near an airport and migratory birds could impact air traffic. “One agency limits our availability of water, while another agency demands overuse of it,” Griesemer said during the meeting, according to the NSSGA.
To reduce burdensome regulations, he asked that the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act apply to proposed Fish and Wildlife Service and MSHA rules, and federal agencies should have to meet deadlines to determine if certain regulations apply to a site and permit approvals.
Read Griesemer’s entire written statement to the committee.