Environmental Observer

July 2010 Archive

Survey of AGC Members on Proposed Rule to Regulate Fly Ash

Thursday, July 29, 2010

On June 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule to classify coal combustion residuals (CCR) as either hazardous or non-hazardous waste. CCRs are used widely in vertical and horizontal construction. AGC asks members to help inform the association's comments on the EPA proposal by completing a short survey by August 16.  (more…)

EPA Seeks Small Business Input on Plans to Regulate Post-Construction Stormwater Runoff

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is writing a national rule to reduce stormwater discharges from developed sites.  EPA has asked AGC to identify small construction company representatives who can advise a panel of government lawmakers on how to minimize the potential burden of the proposed regulation on small businesses.   If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please email pilconisl@agc.org by August 4.  

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Online Awards Submission Site Launches for 2011 Build America Awards

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

As you know, AGC's Aon Build America Awards program has for decades showcased the best construction projects including environmental excellence. For the 2011 awards, AGC members can now submit their entries for Build America online. Submissions are due November 5, 2010. 

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Senate Democrats Abandon Cap and Trade; Both Houses Rush to Pass Oil Spill and Energy Measures

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

On Capitol Hill, the House and Senate rush to pass measures to reform offshore oil drilling and encourage energy and job-creation efforts. These measures were sparked by an announcement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) last week that he would not push for comprehensive climate change and energy legislation this summer. 

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Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel Makes Official Debut for Most Off-Road Uses This Summer

Monday, July 26, 2010

Contractors need to be aware of upcoming changes in off-road diesel fuel standards and labeling requirements. Since June 1, 2010, large refiners and importers have been producing only ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel (fuel with less than 15 parts per million sulfur content) for use in off-road equipment (except marine and locomotive diesel fuel), per U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.  By December 1, 2010, all off-road diesel fuel offered for sale must be ULSD fuel, with limited exceptions.  EPA requires fleet operators to use ULSD in ALL highway diesel vehicles and in Model Year (MY) 2011 and later off-road diesel equipment. In addition, contractors who store and dispense their own diesel fuel must label their diesel fuel pumps, per EPA rules.

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AGC Responds to EPA's Plans to Expand Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule to Commercial Buildings

Friday, July 16, 2010

AGC July 6 responded to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expand the Agency's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) requirements to cover work performed in commercial and public buildings.

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EPA Publishes New Technical Bulletins on Diesel Retrofit Devices, Updates List of Verified Technologies Approved for Construction Equipment

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New technical bulletins are now available on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) website to support fleet managers who are considering Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOCs) or Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) as potential retrofit technologies.  Click here for a list of "verified" retrofit technologies that the Agency has approved for use on construction equipment. 

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