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Infrastructure

June 21, 2010
More progress on the Buy American front this week as yet another agency recognized the complex impact these Recovery Act rules have on projects. The Indian Health Service (IHS) issued a nationwide di minimis waiver for incidental components of sanitation facilities construction projects funded by ARRA.
June 4, 2010
The U.S. EPA unveiled is 2008 Clean Watershed Needs Survey (CWNS).  The report identifies projected investment needs in excess of $298.1 billion for clean water infrastructure over the next 20 years for individual states.
May 5, 2010
The AGC co-chaired Water Infrastructure Network (WIN) Coalition continues to educate members of Congress in efforts to build support for H.R. 3202, "The Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2009." This legislation seeks to establish a dedicated trust fund to finance clean water, drinking water and related infrastructure, such as large capital construction projects, replacing water mains, building water treatment facilitates and rehabilitating sanitary and combined sewer systems.  H.R.
May 5, 2010
AGC and the WIN Coalition continue to work diligently to bolster efforts to reauthorize the EPA State Revolving Loan Fund programs.  Despite increased annual appropriations in FY10, and an unprecedented $6 billion investment through the Recovery Act, the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loans continue to operate without having been reauthorized in over 20 years, bringing uncertainty to these successful but undercapitalized programs.
May 5, 2010
On April 27, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and cosponsors Kit Bond (R-Mo.), Mike Crapo (D-Idaho), and John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act (S. 3262). The legislation will remove state volume caps on private activity bonds for water and wastewater projects and lead to the investment of billions of dollars in private money flowing into our nation's water infrastructure. AGC and coalition partners are working to garner additional support for the Senate bill and include it in broader tax legislation.
May 5, 2010
CGA Platinum Sponsor Shell Pipeline LP, continued their support of the 811 message of safety by featuring the logo during one of the most-watched sporting events in the country. During the Talladega Race, the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet featured the "Call 811" logo on its deck lid and rocker panels to maximize exposure to fans at Talladega Superspeedway in support of National Safe Digging Month.
February 17, 2010
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, most states are on target to meet today's Recovery Act deadline for projects receiving federal assistance through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs.  Considering the significant lag time due to new "Buy American" requirements and other administrative issues, this is a significant accomplishment. In fact, many states have leveraged EPA dollars with additional SRF funds by a factor of 57 percent.
February 4, 2010
With the February 17, 2010 deadline looming for states to "use or lose" Recovery Act dollars, State SRF Authorities are working diligently to get EPA SRF stimulus funds under contract.  On December 24, 2009 the EPA issued a memorandum to Regional Water Management Directors detailing criteria under which EPA would de-obligate Recovery Act funds and how funds would be reallocated to states that have successfully managed to execute contracts under the February 17 statutory deadline.
February 4, 2010
A central focus of concern for AGC members working  on and pursuing water infrastructure projects funded with Recovery Act dollars has been the imposition of broad-based and new "Buy American" requirements pertaining to iron, steel, and manufactured goods included in the Recovery Act.

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