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October 15, 2009
AGC and the Clean Air Task Force (CATF) today announced that the two organizations have agreed on principles to require reductions in diesel emissions from federally-funded transportation projects via contract change orders that cover 100 percent of the costs to retrofit equipment.  CATF represents leading environmental groups and targets diesel emissions reductions nationwide. 
October 15, 2009
AGC and the Clean Air Task force called on Congress to give states the authority to require diesel emissions reductions on federally-funded transportation projects.  The two groups agreed, however, that any such requirement should be made via a contract change order and that the cost of the reductions should be fully covered with federal funds.
October 15, 2009
AGC's acclaimed Building to LEED-NC: Overview and the Impact on Construction Practices course examines LEED for New Construction with a focus on the means and methods of construction. Attendees will learn about which prerequisites and credits have impacts on construction practices. The course details the ways in which major impact credits will affect decision making related to estimating, scheduling, documentation, contracts, and more. Updates for the new LEED v. 3.0 will be included in this course.
October 15, 2009
U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson appeared before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today to discuss the Clean Water Act and EPA's intention to increase efforts to undertake enforcement actions under the Act.
October 13, 2009
A whole host of training, certification and work practice requirements called for by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program are slated to take effect in April 2010.  By that date, construction firms must apply for and receive EPA certification to disturb paint as part of their work in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities.  In addition, all of these jobs must be supervised by certified renovators; specifically, individuals who have completed an EPA-accredited, full-day training course.  Plus, other craft workers on such jobsites must be properly trained and equipped to follow the RRP Program's lead-safe work practices when performing their assigned tasks.  AGC members covered by the RRP rule should take steps now to meet the upcoming April 2010 compliance deadline. 
October 8, 2009
U.S. EPA's FY2009/2010 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is now online at http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html.  EPA anticipates awarding a total of approximately $64 million under this announcement, subject to the availability of funds and the quality of proposals received.  
September 30, 2009
In July, as part of a highly-competitive national grant competition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $156 million in clean diesel grants, including $3 million to the Minnesota Environmental Initiative to support voluntary retrofit efforts by members of AGC of Minnesota and other diesel users throughout the state. The money will be used to retrofit, repower or replace heavy diesel equipment, as authorized by the Diesel Emission Reduction Program and funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
September 30, 2009
New safety concerns regarding the management of coal combustion wastes may spark first-time federal rules that could jeopardize the future use of fly ash in the construction of roads and buildings.  Last December, a containment failure at a Tennessee-based waste impoundment released approximately 1 billion gallons of coal ash sludge into the adjoining rivers and neighborhood, resulting in more than $1 billion in clean up costs.  The accident has brought the public's attention to the hundreds of similar impoundments nationwide and triggered an evaluation of how effectively states and the federal government are addressing the storage and disposal of coal combustion waste.
September 16, 2009
During October, AGC of America will hold regional town-hall-style conference calls on environmental issues.  The calls are free and open to members of AGC's Environmental Network and AGC Chapter Staff. Participants will hear brief updates on the hot environmental topics of the day. The calls will provide time for participants' questions and discussion of their concerns.
September 16, 2009
The fourth and final installment of AGC's summary of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454) explains the major provisions of Title IV (Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy) of interest to the construction industry.

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