April 2015

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We know that transportation provides the most economic benefits, dollar for dollar, of any form of government investment and it provides a product that serves the country and its people for decades. We also know that bills are craed depending upon who is in office and what issues are in the public eye. All of that has a big impact on what kinds of bills get draed. at's the nature of work in Washington. However, what I believe we're seeing in the capital on both sides of the aisle is an ongoing unwillingness to compromise. Our ability as an indus- try to work with regulatory bodies and elective officials is dependent upon attitude, the attitude that we all can come together and settle for getting part of what we want while people on the other side get part of what they want. Only in that way can we move forward and make progress. at's a very different approach than all or nothing. CED: e EPA seems to be extend- ing its reach or trying to extend it. Any concerns there? Luck: ere is a pendulum involved in regulation and enforcement. Where the pendulum is in its back-and- forth swing depends upon the party that is leading. We have been in a six-year window where House and Senate and presidential leadership are more oriented toward regulation, enforcement and control. Usually what happens is that regulation gets extreme and it passes the point of what's reasonable and then another administration comes in and there is a correction the other way. Today, the pendulum is in a general regulation orientation. Our industry is absolutely in favor of safe working conditions, using technology that's best for the environ- ment and water quality, all of those things. Every aggregate company CEO wants a team to operate in the best conditions possible given proven technology. Where we struggle is when the mandates ask the industry to go beyond reasonable, proven science and practical regulatory practices. at's when we have reached the limit of what is reasonable. ere is no question that the best work happens when industry and regulatory bodies come together and reach a reasonable compromise that is actionable and practical and needed. at is very different than an industry fighting a regulatory body, with suits and countersuits, and with money, time, and energy spent in a way that is not constructive. CED: Heavy equipment and quar- ries oen are mentioned in the same ("Road to Reason, Path to Potential" continued from page 27) >> CUSTOMER CONNECTION 30 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | April 2015

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