October 31, 2006 / Issue No. 2-06
 
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Air
AGC Warns Contractors Nationwide of Californiaís Engine Emissions Mandate
Waste
AGC Calls for Delay in Release of EPAís DRAFT Characterization Reports on C&D Debris; Recommends Meaningful Improvements
EPA Releases National Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest Form; Latest Developments
Water
Corps of Engineers Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Reissue, Revise Wetlands Permits
Federal Court Upholds Army Corpsí Authority to Restrict Use of Nationwide (Wetlands) Permits
Federal Storm Water Rules Allow States To Delegate, Consolidate Authorities Responsible for Program Implementation
EPA Updates Its Menu of Storm Water BMPs; AGC Highlights Additional Online Resources
News & Events
EPA Highlights AGC's Environmental Leadership
AGC/Aon Build America Awards; Submit Environmental Category Entries BEFORE Dec. 6
Submit Your Top 10 Green Construction Questions; Get the Answers at the AGC Convention

  AGC Warns Contractors Nationwide of Californiaís Engine Emissions Mandate
New Rule Likely to Cost Contractors Millions; Have Significant Impact on U.S. Economy

AGC of America issued a warning to the construction industry during its 2006 Midyear Meeting about the nationwide, economic impact of Californiaís diesel emissions reduction mandate which, if implemented, could put many construction firms out of business.  Session panelists urged AGC members to stay informed and to get involved.


(From L to R) Gary Rohman, ECCO Equipment Corp. and Dave Sbaffi, Granite Construction explain CARBís ultimate goals to eliminate equipment with Tier 0 and Tier 1 engines (i.e., pre-2001 equipment) and to significantly reduce particulate emissions from Tier 2 and 3 engines.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is working on a new rule that could render millions of dollars of in-use construction equipment worthless unless it is fitted with emission controls or the engine is repowered.  California is the only state that has legal authority from U.S. Congress to enact nonroad engine exhaust standards that far surpass the emissions rules set by the federal government.  All other states can opt-in to Californiaís more aggressive rules Ė but states must adopt Calif.ís program identically and in its entirety. 

During the Midyear session, industry experts, Kenneth Katch, Caterpillar; Gary Rohman, ECCO Equipment Corp.; George Malouf, Emissions Technology; and Dave Sbaffi, Granite Construction explored Calif.ís pioneering role in drafting engine exhaust standards that are more stringent than federal rules.  The panelists also presented bottom-line facts about the supply and cost of retrofit devices that regulators want contractors to use, if they want to stay in business.

CARBís key proposals would require contractors to: 

  • Comply with increasingly stringent particulate matter (PM) emission reduction targets
  • Meet CARBís fleet average emission target by 2013 or scraping 10 percent of the companyís fleet horsepower per year or replace it with Best Available Control Technology (BACT) until the fleet meets CARBís target
  • Affix a label with an identification number on each piece of construction equipment
  • Report annually on every offroad diesel engine.

The session brought to light many of the harmful impacts and concerns surrounding CARBís proposal, including the potential for devalued company assests, mandated fleet turnover, increased equipment maintenance and cost, increased recordkeeping burdens, lack of ďverifiedĒ emissions control technologies, inequitable enforcement and possible safety issues.

More information about CARBís rule is online at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/ordiesel/ordiesel.htm or contact AGCís Leah Pilconis at (703) 837-5332 or pilconisl@agc.org. [ return to top ]