Infrastructure

February 4, 2010
Three key stormwater developments are in the works that will affect contractors nationwide.  To ensure the construction industry's voice is heard, AGC of America has created a Stormwater Task Force (made up of 17 AGC Environmental Network members) to respond to current rulemaking efforts and enforcement initiatives aimed at restricting construction site runoff. 
February 4, 2010
Click here for the latest Common Ground Alliance e-newsletter with articles on the upcoming CGA Annual Convention March 2-4, 2010 in San Diego, California. Did you know that April is National Safe Digging month?
December 3, 2009
On October 29, 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Pipeline Safety: Pipeline Damage Prevention Programs.
November 4, 2009
On October 29, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate approved the conference report providing appropriations for the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior and other agencies. The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, passed on a party line vote (247-178) and included significant increases for EPA programs including a $2 billion increase over FY09 SRF programs.
November 4, 2009
Rulemaking has potential to impact excavation standards, including civil and criminal enforcement actions.
November 4, 2009
H.R.3202, the "Water Protection and Reinvestment Act," was introduced by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) on July 14, 2009, with bipartisan support. It establishes a five year $50 billion fund for repairing America's corroded pipes and overburdened sewer systems, which pose serious health, environmental and security risks. The Water Protection and Reinvestment Act will provide a deficit neutral, off-budget and firewalled dedicated revenue source for water infrastructure that will not be subject to the uncertainties of the annual appropriations process.
November 4, 2009
President Barack Obama on October 28 signed into law $33.5 billion spending bill to fund government energy and water programs for the 2010 fiscal year.
November 4, 2009
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson appeared October 15 before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to discuss the Clean Water Act's (CWA) permit program and EPA's immediate plans to strengthen its enforcement efforts. Jackson specifically called out construction sites as one of "the biggest threats" to our nation's waters, adding that EPA needs "to target enforcement to the most serious violations and the most significant sources."  To address what she describes as an "unacceptably low" level of enforcement activity, Administrator Jackson announced the release of EPA's new action plan to strengthen federal and state CWA enforcement.
October 20, 2009
The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) represents approximately 26,696 public water and wastewater utilities in rural communities across the United States.
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.

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