Energy & Environment

February 24, 2009
Join us at the San Diego Convention Center on March 4-7, 2009, for AGC's 90th Annual Convention/Constructor Expo and attend 12 programs that focus on green construction and environmental regulatory issues. The Constructor Expo will also feature a "green pavilion" showcasing environmentally-friendly technologies, materials and products.
February 16, 2009
Use AGC's Regulatory Action Center to Submit Your Comments Today! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed tighter controls on stormwater discharges from construction sites - called effluent limitation guidelines (ELG).  The proposed ELG tells contractors how to control sediment discharges from their sites, at an annual cost of $1.9 billion.  Comments are due by February 26, 2009.  AGC Chapters and Members can easily send customized comments to EPA using a template letter on the AGC Web site.
February 3, 2009
On November 26, 2008, EPA published a direct final rule in the Federal Register to revise the definition of "navigable waters" of the United States, as the term applies to the SPCC rule, to comply with a recent court decision.
February 3, 2009
In late 2008, EPA finalized amendments that streamline requirements under the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule and proposed revised compliance deadlines under the rule.  A construction site with aboveground storage capacity of more than 1,320 gallons of oil (counting only tanks of 55 gallons or greater) is subject to EPA's SPCC rule if a spill could reasonably be expected to discharge oil to U.S. navigable waters or adjoining shorelines.  In a related rule, EPA revised the definition of "navigable waters" of the United States, as the term applies to the SPCC rule, to comply with a recent court decision.
January 31, 2009
In December 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued joint guidance on the extent of federal control over water and wetlands.  Currently, a construction project owner or operator must receive approval from the Corps before building (i.e., conducting dredge and fill activities) in federally-controlled waters/wetlands.
January 21, 2009
AGC's efforts to block California's request to EPA to enforce a costly, unsafe rule was reported in The Washington Post.  In the article, AGC's Mike Kennedy, general counsel, was quoted:
January 7, 2009
Last August, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve the state's new standards for off-road diesel engine emissions, which would force construction companies in California to replace most of their heavy construction equipment.  In mid-December, AGC asked EPA either to deny that request, or in the alternative, to defer any decision until California considers AGC's formal petition to reopen or repeal the nation's first-ever statewide rule on the exhaust from existing fleets of off-road diesel equipment.  In a concerted effort to influence EPA, AGC chapter staff and members used the AGC Legislative Action Center to tell EPA how their businesses will be impacted if California's emission standards spread nationwide.
January 7, 2009
Nearly 600 interested stakeholders registered for a webinar that AGC sponsored in conjunction with the Diesel Technology Forum on Dec. 3-Off-Road Diesel Developments: Clean Diesel Technology, Regulations and Requirements Facing Today's Construction Industry.  The recorded webinar as well as the presentations are available at no charge at
December 23, 2008
California’s Air Resources Board is currently seeking a special waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would allow it to put in place new rules that would force the state’s builders to replace virtually every piece of motorized construction equipment they own.


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