December 19, 2008 / Issue No. 6-08
 
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Air
Take Action! Block California’s Off-Road Engine Standards from Spreading Nationwide
AGC Petitions California to Reopen Costly, Unsafe Rule on Off-Road Diesel Emissions
AGC, Members Urge EPA Not to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Via the Clean Air Act
Water
First National Effluent Limit for Construction Runoff Proposed by U.S. EPA
News & Events
AGC Members Meet with Senior Staff at EPA Program Offices
AGC Offers a Record Number of Green Construction and Environmental Sessions at its Upcoming 90th Annual Convention/Constructor Expo

  Take Action! Block California’s Off-Road Engine Standards from Spreading Nationwide
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve the state’s recently adopted off-road engine emission standards that will force construction companies in California to retrofit or replace almost all of their heavy construction equipment.  Federal authorization would have nationwide implications for the construction industry.  Use AGC’s Legislative Action Center to tell EPA how California’s off-road engine emission standards are detrimental to the industry.  EPA must receive all comment letters by this Friday, December 19, 2008.  The process is easy and only takes a minute.

EPA must review and approve California’s standards before the state can legally enforce them; a Clean Air Act process called “granting a waiver of federal preemption.”  If EPA grants the state’s waiver request, other states would be free to adopt California’s new requirements, which apply to all off-road diesel fleets currently in use.

AGC members and chapters are encouraged to press EPA not to take any further action on California’s request for federal approval until CARB acts on a petition that AGC and its two California chapters filed on Dec. 15.  Members can easily send a letter directly to EPA through the AGC online Legislative Action Center. EPA must receive your letter by Friday, December 19, 2008.

The industry estimates that it will cost California construction companies alone roughly $13 billion to comply with the rule and even the state has put the cost at $3.4 billion.  If other states across the nation adopt (or “opt-in”) to California’s requirements, the cost to industry will be practically immeasurable. AGC of America and its two California chapters formally petitioned CARB on Dec. 15 to reopen or repeal the so-called “In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation,” demonstrating that the rule would impose an excessive burden on the state’s struggling construction industry.  AGC’s petition explains that changes in economic, financial and other circumstances compel a careful reexamination of the necessity for and the technological and economic feasibility of compliance with the rule.  To read the rule, AGC’s petition, and AGC’s comments to EPA regarding California’s waiver request go to www.agc.org/carbrule (this webpage will continually be updated with the latest news and information).

For more information, contact Leah Pilconis at (703) 837-5332 or pilconisl@agc.org. [ return to top ]