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www.agc.orgJanuary 26, 2017 / Issue No. 01-17
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On the Inside
Regulatory Outlook
AGC Shares Regulatory Plan with Trump Transition Team
Water
U.S. Supreme Court To Decide What Court Should Hear Challenges To WOTUS Rule
EPA Finalizes 2017 Construction Stormwater Permit
AGC Contributes to Timely Reissuance of Workable CWA Nationwide Permits
Air
EPA Scales Back Near-Road Emissions Monitoring Requirements
Climate Change & Resilience
FHWA Includes Climate Change Calculations in New Performance Rules
News & Events
AGC To Host Roundtable Discussions for In-House Environmental Managers
AGCís WebEd Will Help You Get Ready for EPAís New Construction General Permit for Stormwater
Share Your Expertise at AGCís 2017 Construction Environmental Conference
AGC Members Receive Discount on Select IECA Stormwater Courses Online
Regulatory Outlook
AGC Shares Regulatory Plan with Trump Transition Team
Confirmation Hearing Held for President Trumpís Pick for EPA Administrator
 

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a confirmation hearing January 18 for President Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.  Pruitt is a fierce critic of the Obama Administration’s regulatory policy, and has lead the legal strategy against many of the administration’s signature environmental accomplishments. 

Democrats questioned Pruitt on a range of issues from his positions on climate change and ties to the oil and gas industry, but failed to land any knockout blows.  Republicans highlighted his opposition to regulatory overreach, especially large impact rules like the Clean Power Plan and definitions of Waters of the U.S. They also lauded his fight to champion the causes of farmers, ranchers, and small businesses.

Although the hearing was short on specifics as far as the Trump’s plans for environmental policy, Pruitt made it clear he plans to fulfill President Trump’s campaign promises to focus on “job-killing” regulations.  AGC supports AG Pruitt’s nomination and will work with him to promote a pro-construction agenda at EPA.

AGC Shares Regulatory Plan with Trump Transition Team

AGC shared its federal agency regulatory, compliance and enforcement plan with members of the Trump Presidential Transitional Team. Entitled "Make Federal Agencies Responsible Again," the document calls for the repeal of dozens of unnecessary and overly burdensome executive orders, presidential memoranda, and federal regulations that have made it more difficult for construction contractors to safely, efficiently and effectively build the nation's civil and social infrastructure.

In addition to charting a regulatory reform path forward, AGC calls for the Trump Administration to implement a critical paradigm shift within federal agencies.  Specifically, the association calls for construction contractors to be treated as industry partners and not "industry opponents;" a term that can categorize the attitude many agencies have taken with the construction industry.  To do so, AGC calls for agency enforcement initiatives to focus on bad actors, rather than lumping innocent contractors in with bad actors. Additionally, AGC recommends a return to federal agencies helping construction contractors comply with the law through reestablishing industry partnership programs and developing educational materials.

For more information, contact Scott Berry at berrys@agc.org or (703) 837-5321. Return to Top

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