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Asphalt Facilities AccountabilityAsphalt companies take civic responsibility seriously. All asphalt facilities must adhere to regulations outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other government agencies to control air and water quality and ensure worker safety. But most asphalt plants go above and beyond state and federal requirements and voluntarily set even more stringent standards. Working together with all segments of the industry, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) created the Diamond Achievement Commendation for Excellence in Hot Mix Asphalt Plant/Site Operations to recognize outstanding operations.

This rigorous self-assessment evaluates six separate categories:

  • Plant appearance
  • Operations
  • Environmental practices
  • Safety
  • Permitting and regulatory compliance
  • Community relations

The process also includes review by a local public official, community association official or neighbor. The Diamond Achievement process helps to assure the community that hot mix asphalt facilities are good neighbors. In 2002, more than 360 participating plant/sites achieved or renewed Diamond status.


Asphalt pavement is the most recycled product in America - more than newspaper, aluminum cans or glass.

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