Utility Infrastructure

April 4, 2011
AGC released a new national plan detailing measures to stimulate demand for construction.
April 1, 2011
The month of April is designated as National Safe Digging Month, and AGC is working with its network of Chapters and its contractor members to help raise awareness of pipeline safety, underground damage prevention, and excavation safety.
March 6, 2011
The new Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at EPA, Nancy Stoner, testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment at a hearing concerning EPA’s FY12 water program budget.
February 28, 2011
This month’s Common Ground Alliance update includes a preview of the CGA Annual Excavation Safety Conference and Expo held March 8-10, 2011 in Orlando, FL (more information here), Technical Assistance Grants Applications, what to expect from the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) in the coming year, and early details on 811 day this August.
February 25, 2011
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has released its summary document of state damage prevention laws. The document summarizes state damage prevention laws relative to specific characteristics of the laws as they relate to requirements applicable to excavators and utility operators.
February 25, 2011
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution (CR) for the rest of FY11, which will fund the government after the current CR expires on March 4.
February 24, 2011
President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget request makes good on the administration’s pledge to cut spending levels. Under the president’s plan, FY12 funding for the CWSRF would be $1.55B, the DWSRF would be $990M, and the RUS Rural Water and Waste Program would be $411M.
February 24, 2011
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced new plans for the agency to regulate chemicals in the nation’s water systems. Among the regulated substances were chemicals such as perchlorate, volatile organic compounds, and hexavalent chromium.
February 4, 2011
Peter Silva, the top water quality official at the Environmental Protection Agency, is leaving EPA In February. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, in a memo to staff, said Silva is stepping down as assistant administrator for water on February 12, 2011.
February 1, 2011
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) announced the chairmen for each of the subcommittees under him for the 112th Congress.


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