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Infrastructure

October 20, 2009
AGC has been active in our efforts to ensure that the "Buy American" requirements of the Recovery Act did not seriously delay $6 billion allocated for drinking water and wastewater projects being administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and $1.4 billion allocated for the USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Trade agreement exceptions to the "Buy American" requirements in most cases do not flow down to sub-federal entities, such as municipal utility authorities that procure most of these projects.
October 20, 2009
AGC and the Water Infrastructure Network (WIN) Coalition continue to push the Senate to bring S. 1005 Water Infrastructure Financing Act of 2009 to the floor of the Senate.  On October 7, the WIN Coalition sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calling for action on S.1005.
October 7, 2009
AGC's Highway & Utilities Contractors Issues Meeting will take place on November 13-14 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida at the PGA National Resort. This meeting is the premier national event for contractors and related businesses involved in every aspect of highway and utility construction to hear about and discuss issues and trends in these markets. In order to secure the AGC rate of $179.00 a night you must register by October 16, 2009!
September 2, 2009
AGC anticipates that a large number of water infrastructure projects funded with EPA "Stimulus" funds will hit the streets in September and October.  According to the EPA, significant progress is being made processing assistance agreements with state water authorities, which will likely translate into contracts very soon. As we reported in the August edition of the Pipeline, official reports from EPA were dismal in terms of actual dollars translating into contracts.
September 2, 2009
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a partner of AGC, is the nation's leading organization focused on protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them. On August 25, 2009, CGA announced findings from its comprehensive 2008 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report. The estimated total number of underground utility damages occurring in the U.S.
September 2, 2009
Join your AGC colleagues at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for the AGC Highway & Utilities Contractors Issues Meeting. This meeting is the premier national event for contractors and related businesses involved in every aspect of highway and utility construction to hear about and discuss issues and trends in these markets. The hotel is only $179.00/night, which includes the resort fee.
August 12, 2009

EPA has released an updated version of the nationwide de minimus waiver of Section 1605 (the Buy American provision) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. EPA originally issued this waiver on June 2, 2009. The waiver was given for “de minimis incidental components” which are minor, or small-scale components that “cumulatively comprise no more than a total of 5 percent of the total cost of the materials used in and incorporated” into eligible water infrastructure projects funded by the ARRA. According to EPA, every water infrastructure project involves the use of “thousands of miscellaneous, generally low-cost components that are essential for, but incidental to, the construction and are incorporated into the physical structure of the project, such as nuts, bolts, other fasteners, tubing, gaskets, etc.” EPA said it “is not in the public interest” to impose ARRA’s Buy American requirements, as outlined in Section 1605 of the stimulus law, on these de minimis components.

August 6, 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced that it is accepting applications for 2010 State Damage Prevention Grants.
August 6, 2009
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides significant funding for states to finance high priority infrastructure projects needed to ensure clean water and safe drinking water. The Act also includes "Buy American" provisions that require Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) projects to use domestic iron, steel and manufactured goods. 

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