On July 16, following a hearing on EPA’s expanded Clean Water Act Permit veto authority, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a markup to move several bills to the full House. Among them were three AGC-supported pieces of legislation designed to improve the process for Clean Water Act permits and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) overall regulatory process. These bills included the Regulatory Certainty Act of 2014, designed to define a clear window for EPA to exercise its veto authority under section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. This would address the issue of retroactive vetoes of the permit years after construction had begun as well as preemptive vetoes, removing large swaths of land from development before a permit has even been requested. The measure was introduced by Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chair Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio).
On July 15, the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing to explore the expanded view of authority that the courts have affirmed for EPA under section 404 (c) of the Clean Water Act. AGC’s Senior Environmental Advisor, Leah Pilconis was on hand to testify.
On June 23, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down elements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources or facilities. The decision comes while EPA is accepting comments on proposed rules to restrict GHG emissions from power plants.
AGC recently commented on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed “Framework” for identifying, evaluating, and regulating lead-based paint (LBP) hazards from renovation, repair and painting activities in public and commercial (P&C) buildings. This proposed framework relies on a scenario-specific approach for determining when such renovations create adverse health impacts. EPA is also currently looking
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment on its proposal to eliminate the dual standard for compliance with the “All Appropriate Inquiries” (AAI) requirement under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Parties purchasing potentially contaminated property must undertake AAI into prior ownership and prior uses of the property
Learn More about Recent Developments with Green Construction Rating Systems and Standards Spring 2014 was a period of great activity in the development of green construction rating systems and standards. Organizations issued new versions of prior standards and programs or debuted new programs altogether. Below is a summary of a handful of these developments. In
Comment on Massive Expansion of Federal Jurisdiction in “Waters of the U.S.” Proposed Rule
Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released their notice of proposed rulemaking redefining “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This rule expansively defines waters – claiming traditionally navigable waters, tributaries (including ditches), impoundments, adjacent waters (including waters in the floodplain or riparian areas), and “other waters” all as federally jurisdictional. More projects will have to obtain Section 404 permits, increasing the time and cost of performing construction services.
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