Environment

2015
APR
17

By a vote of 36-22, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation that would send the administration’s proposed rule redefining federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act back to the drawing board.

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2015
MAR
26

AGC and its industry partners from the Waters Advocacy Coalition met with the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) to discuss the federal water quality standards (WQS) regulation proposed by EPA and its interaction with the proposed change in the definition of “Waters of the United States.” Both proposed rules attempt very significant changes to large portions of the Clean Water Act, and AGC and its industry partners do not believe that the agencies are evaluating the true economic costs of either rule, nor are the costs of the changes in either rule being adequately taken into account by the other rule. Taken together, these two rules are likely to give EPA and the states more authority to impose more costly and onerous controls on construction project that may impact water quality or have other “unacceptable” consequences.

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2015
FEB
05

Members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee held a joint hearing to examine the state and local impact of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule expanding jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

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2015
JAN
29

AGC of America has just announced the date and location for the 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference. The 2015 CEC will be held on Sept. 2-3, 2015, in Arlington, Va., at The Westin Crystal City—right across the river from our nation’s capital. Stay tuned for more information and special offers.

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2015
JAN
28

Final WOTUS Rule Expected Spring 2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development released the final version of the much-anticipated report providing the main scientific underpinning for its “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) proposed rule.  As AGC expected, the report concludes that streams, wetlands and riparian areas are connected to downstream waters,

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2015
JAN
27

Refresher Training for Renovators May Move to Entirely Online Format On Jan. 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed revisions to the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule that would eliminate the requirement that the renovator refresher training have a hands-on component and extend the recertification deadline for a portion of renovators, so they can

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2015
JAN
27

As of Dec. 19, 2014, if you own or operate a non-recreational vessel less than 79 feet in length (such as a ferry, tug/tow boat, barge, cargo freighter, etc.) in any “waters of the Unites States,” you need to secure coverage under an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit before you may legally discharge

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2015
JAN
22

Construction contractors will have an easier time learning how to comply with federal and state environmental guidelines thanks to a new partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the private sector. The partnership between AGC of America, EPA and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) will allow for a significant upgrade to the

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