September 28, 2007 / Issue No. 5-07
 
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Air
Constructor Magazine Focuses on California’s Diesel Retrofit Mandate
Water
AGC Celebrates 35th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
U.S. Congress Passes Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization
Current EPA Stormwater Initiatives May Alter Federal Construction Permit Program
Brownfields
FY08 Brownfields Program Funding Update: Applications Deadlines Are Approaching
Green Construction
AGC Participates in Green Highways Partnership Meeting on Recycling
AGC Participates in High Performance Building Council, National Institute of Building Sciences
Environmental Solutions Series
Grace Pacific Corporation Demonstrates Leadership in Addressing Key Environmental Concerns
News & Events
AGC’s Environmental Leaders Meet with Federal Regulatory Officials During WDC 'Fly-in'
2007 Edition of EJCDC ‘Horizontal’ Construction Contracts Now Available, Including Revised Environmental Remediation Forms
Construction Industry Groups Release CONSENSUSDOCS

  Constructor Magazine Focuses on California’s Diesel Retrofit Mandate
Newly Adopted Rule Estimated To Cost Contractors Billions

Despite AGC of America's strong objections, California is setting first-time emissions rules for existing fleets of off-road diesels.  The rules far surpass the emissions standards already set by the federal government.  California has unique authority under the federal Clean Air Act to regulate air emissions from off-road diesel equipment.  Other states do not have this authority, but are generally permitted to opt-in to California’s program.

The rule—currently being eyed by other states—will force older equipment out-of-service and require equipment owners to spend an estimated $13 billion in California alone over the rule’s lifetime on new machines and/or engine retrofits.  Determined to prevent California from setting a de facto national standard that is both economically and technologically infeasible, AGC is set to challenge California’s unprecedented attempt to tighten diesel-engine exhaust standards for construction equipment already manufactured and sold to the construction industry.

Click here to read the full text of Constructor Magazine’s Inside AGC – CEO’s Message, featured in the September/October 2007 issue. [ return to top ]