Environment

2014
AUG
21

AGC submitted detailed comments on a proposed rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would give the agency the authority to cut into the paychecks of those who have unpaid debts, such as a fine or penalty for an alleged environmental violation. EPA would be allowed to garnish up to 15 percent of the “disposable pay” of delinquent debtors who do not work for the federal government via a process known as administrative wage garnishment (AWG) – all without a court order.

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2014
AUG
14

Joins Real Estate and Development Groups in Submitting Comments

AGC and 11 other groups active in the real estate development, construction, and management fields called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to categorically exclude municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) from being considered “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) in official comments submitted to the agencies’ proposed rulemaking.

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2014
AUG
14

U.S. EPA is blocking its science advisers from speaking freely to the public and the press, according to a letter sent to EPA chief Gina McCarthy by journalism and scientific advocacy groups. At a recent closed-door meeting of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, the entity that EPA convenes to independently review the scientific underpinnings of many of the agency’s rulemakings, EPA issued a memorandum outlining the policy for EPA advisers to handle inquiries from the press and the public. Science advisers are directed to refer those requests to EPA employees so that the Office of External Affairs can determine the agency’s response.

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2014
AUG
13

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) jointly released their notice of proposed rulemaking redefining “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposal asserts federal control over waters

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2014
AUG
08

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings is currently holding a series of task group conference calls related to net-zero energy buildings and building labels in advance of a GSA Green Building Advisory Committee (GBAC) meeting scheduled for September 2014.  The task groups are preparing final recommendations to propose to

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2014
AUG
08

Government Agencies Make Commitments in Support In July 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with six other government agencies, committed to support specific green infrastructure* initiatives through an inter-agency collaborative led by EPA.  Participating agencies include the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S.

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2014
AUG
07

Members and chapters encouraged to apply: deadline is 10/31. AGC of America is proud to announce the launch of the 2015 AGC/Alliant Build America and the AGC in the Community competitions.  AGC encourages all member companies in good standing who meet the competition requirements to apply.  With several categories and types of projects from which

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2014
AUG
07

Last Chance to Comment on Contractor Survey The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awaiting final approval from the White House to survey general contractors regarding their recent renovation, repair and painting (RRP) activities in public- and private-sector commercial buildings.  More data is needed on whether or not RRP activities in buildings expose the public

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