June 10, 2021

Gains on WOTUS, Endangered Species Act Regulations & More in Jeopardy

May 21, 2021

Learn more at July 20-22 virtual conference, free to AGC members

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed an update to its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit (CGP) covering stormwater discharges from construction activities. EPA has also released a proposed 2022 CGP Fact Sheet, which includes a summary table of some of the changes. Forty-seven states use EPA’s permit as a model for their own permits, so its impact extends beyond the three states (New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Massachusetts), territories and other areas that use it exclusively.

May 6, 2021

On April 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the formation of a new agency council to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  In the memo, EPA Administrator Michael Regan also reiterated the agency’s commitment to the 2019 PFAS Action Plan.  The chemical can be found in many products, soil, and water.  AGC previously supported the 2019 PFAS Action Plan, because it outlined a deliberate approach to review the science and address concerns that arose.  The agency is taking action on PFAS under several programs including air, significant new uses, wastewater, drinking water, and Superfund.

March 31, 2021

On March 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a notice for public input on its current recommendations for disclosing climate risks and how it could change or supplement that process in the future.  The Commission currently relies on its 2010 guidance to help entities understand how to identify and report on climate risks that could impact investors.  Now, the SEC faces considerable pressure to revisit and expand the guidance to include more on material risks and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors.  The SEC is asking for feedback on 15 topics associated with the regulation of climate disclosures---including how the rules should address private companies’ climate disclosures.

March 25, 2021

On March 16, bipartisan members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced the AGC- supported Water Quality Protection and Jobs Creation Act of 2021 (HR 1915). The bill would substantially increase federal funding assistance available to states and localities through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The legislation addresses America’s crumbling wastewater infrastructure and water quality challenges. It authorizes $50 billion in direct infrastructure investment and will create tens of thousands of utility infrastructure construction jobs.

March 11, 2021

In January, President Biden signed executive orders specifically charging federal agencies to focus on environmental regulations, climate change, and environmental justice. In the intervening weeks, the agencies have begun implementing those directives. We are seeing incremental steps taken as the nominees to head these agencies move through the confirmation process. The Senate just confirmed Michael Regan’s appointment to head the U.S.

March 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Interior has proposed to delay the effective date of the Trump Administration’s final rule to decriminalize incidental take (accidental harm) under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) finalized in January.  AGC supports the Trump Administration's rule as it provides clarity and relief for industry and private citizens from prosecution for engaging in lawful actions that may result in the accidental injuring or killing of a migratory bird. 

February 5, 2021

On Feb. 3, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing for Michael Regan on his nomination for Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

January 29, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host two information sessions in February on the 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants.  


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