Environmental Observer

September 2010 Archive

Construction Stormwater Survey Requires Reply Within 60 Days to Avoid Steep Fines

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

AGC has received reports that its members have received a letter from the U.S. EPA directing them to complete a mandatory survey on construction stormwater management practices within 60 days - or face significant fines and penalties of up to $37,500 per day per violation. 


California Admits to Vastly Overstating Construction Emissions Following AGC's Efforts

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Association Calls on CARB to Repeal Costly, Unneeded Off-road Diesel Rule

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has acknowledged that it has vastly overestimated the amount of diesel pollution being emitted by the construction equipment currently in use in California. In fact, the construction industry will meet state-mandated targets for reducing pollution for many years to come even with no statewide rule forcing contractors to retire or retrofit their equipment.  CARB staff recently reviewed and fixed significant flaws in its emissions data in direct response to an AGC study showing that actual diesel fuel sales in California to construction companies were far lower than the state's computer model predicted.  AGC is calling on CARB to repeal its costly and unneeded rule.  If AGC stops the rule in California, other states won't be able to adopt it locally. (more…)