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Help Urge EPA to Deny Unsafe California Rule That Would Require Builders to Throw Away Much of Their Equipment

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.  The rule, known as “In-Use Off Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation,” sets stricter emissions standards for off-road construction equipment and requires builders to either retrofit or replace their equipment.  Unfortunately, the state’s safety agency has already determined that the retrofit equipment, if installed, would constitute a finable-safety violation.  As a result, this new rule would force thousands of construction companies to throw away billions of dollars worth of equipment and replace it.  Giving their timing, this new rule would lead to more layoffs and economic hardships for our members. If EPA grants the waiver, not only will California be able to move forward with this costly and unsafe rule, but other states will be free to enact similar regulations.  We need your help to make sure that doesn’t happen.  If you want to avoid having to throw away your construction equipment and replacing it, please click here to send a letter to the EPA voicing your objections.  For more information, contact Leah Pilconis at (703) 837-5332 or pilconisl@agc.org.
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