January 31, 2008 / Issue No. 1-08
 
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Water
EPA Fast Tracks Rule To Set Limits on Sediment in Construction Runoff
AGC Joins Coalition in Comments to U.S. EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wetlands Jurisdictional Guidance
New Energy Law Includes Stormwater Standard for Federal Development Projects
EPA Announces Several New Resources for Stormwater Professionals
Air
AGC Comments on Last-Minute Changes to Californiaís Off-road Diesel Rules
AGC Weighs in on Green House Gas Provision in Energy Bill, Wins Short-Term Safeguard
EPA Announces Webcast on 2008 Diesel Retrofit Funding Opportunities
Chemicals
New Rule Regulates Chemical Storage Facilities and Operators
News & Events
Donít Miss the Unveiling of AGCís New LEED Course for Contractors at 2008 Annual Convention; Registration Reopened
AGC Environmental Network Steering Committee To Meet at 2008 Annual Convention; All Attendees Welcome
AGC Audio Conference Planned to Provide Contractors with the Basics of Green Construction
Complete Recordings from AGCís 2007 Environmental Audio Conferences Now Available
AGC-EPA Interface
Environmental Performance Metrics for Construction

  New Energy Law Includes Stormwater Standard for Federal Development Projects
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-140) enacted in December contains a stormwater standard for certain federal projects.

Section 438 of that law, “Storm Water Runoff Requirements for Federal Development Projects,” provides that:

The sponsor of any development or redevelopment project involving a Federal facility with a footprint that exceeds 5,000 square feet shall use site planning, design, construction, and maintenance strategies for the property to maintain or restore, to the maximum extent technically feasible, the predevelopment hydrology of the property with regard to the temperature, rate, volume, and duration of flow.

AGC contacted the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the stormwater program, as well as the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to voice the Association’s concerns about setting a very troubling precedent that stormwater discharges (not just for the construction of a federal facility) would have to meet predevelopment hydrologic features including temperature, rate, volume, and duration of flow.

AGC will be on the lookout for any federal projects that are designed to meet this new standard and report on any potential for expanding such a provision to other construction work.

For additional information, contact AGC’s Karen Bachman at bachmank@agc.org. [ return to top ]