Infrastructure

August 11, 2011
Today, on 8/11, AGC joins the rest of the underground damage prevention community to remind everyone that is involved in an excavation project to follow the key steps to safe digging and damage prevention - dialing 811. Homeowner, landscapers, and other casual excavators must join professional excavation contractors in dialing 811 before any digging project.
August 3, 2011
The House Appropriations Committee approved its Interior/Environment Appropriations legislation, which includes dollar allocations for FY2012. Following on April’s FY2011 budget agreement, the Environmental Protection Agency’s State Revolving Fund programs were again a major target. The whole agency saw a $1.53 billion, or 18 percent cut, from current spending with nearly two-thirds cut from the clean water programs. The bill would fund the Clean Water SRF at $689 million, down from $1.5 billion in FY2011 and $2.1 billion in FY2010. The Drinking Water SRF would be funded at $829 million, down from $965 million in FY2011 and $1.4 billion in FY2010. Total cuts to the SRF programs would be $967 million from FY2011 numbers, bringing the SRFs back to FY2008 levels.
August 3, 2011
The bill to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), which was introduced in the Senate in February by Sen Lautenberg (D-NJ), currently has 5 cosponsors and passed out of committee in mid/late June. It is awaiting action on the Senate floor, though time for it has yet to be scheduled. The bill does a few things of interest to excavators:
August 3, 2011
The premier event of the year for contractors involved in highway, bridge and utility construction is scheduled for November 10-12, 2011 in the Palm Springs Valley of California. The Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Meeting will address the many issues that will be impacting your business over the next year and in years to come.
July 6, 2011
The premier event of the year for contractors involved in highway, bridge and utility construction is scheduled for November 10-12, 2011 in the Palm Springs Valley of California. The Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Meeting will address the many issues that will be impacting your business over the next year and in years to come.
June 27, 2011
The House passed legislation this week designed to streamline the permitting process for oil and gas drilling in federal waters off Alaska. The legislation, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011, requires the Environmental Protection Agency to take final action on a permit application in six months or less, and it would limit opponents’ ability to appeal permits.
June 12, 2011
The AGC-sponsored Common Ground Alliance held the final Education and Marketing Committee meeting before production of its new damage prevention process video commences next week.
May 26, 2011
AGC member and Municipal & Utilities Division Chair Mike Murphy (Turner Murphy Company, Rock Hill, S.C.) testified in favor of repealing the 3 percent withholding at a hearing before the Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee of the House Small Business Committee.
May 21, 2011
Rep. Pascrell (right) demonstrates the consequences of deferred water infrastructure maintenance with Sen. Menendez (left) and N.J. State Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (center). The AGC-supported Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2011 was recently introduced in the House and Senate. It would remove water and wastewater from under the private activity bond (PAB) volume cap, making it easier for up to $5 billion to be invested in water infrastructure annually.
May 12, 2011
This week legislation was introduced in the House and Senate that would remove water and wastewater from under the private activity bond volume cap, making it easier for up to $5 billion to be invested in water infrastructure annually.

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