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INFRASTRUCTURE
AGC Signs On to Letter to President-Elect Trump Outlining Need for Infrastructure Investments
ENVIRONMENT
WOTUS Rule: Supreme Court to Decide Next Steps
EPA Finalizes 2017 Construction Stormwater Permit
Federal Requirements for Sustainable Products/Services May Change
Confirmation Hearing Held for President-Elect Trumpís Pick for EPA Administrator
AGC EVENTS
Donít Miss a Chance to Save on Registration for the Federal Contractors Conference
AGC Financial Issues Committee Winter Meeting Recap
INFRASTRUCTURE
AGC Signs On to Letter to President-Elect Trump Outlining Need for Infrastructure Investments
 

AGC, as part of a broad coalition that represents a vast cross section of the economy, is working to deliver a joint letter to President Trump following his inauguration. The letter urges the president to strengthen our nation’s economy through significant investment in infrastructure in order to end the cycle of uncertainty that has plagued America’s infrastructure network for many years.

AGC and other national associations are encouraging our local affiliates to sign on to this letter

For more information, please contact Sean O’Neill at oneills@agc.org or (202) 547-8892.

AGC Circulating Sign-On to Letter to President Trump Outlining Need for Infrastructure Investments Return to Top

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ENVIRONMENT
WOTUS Rule: Supreme Court to Decide Next Steps
 

The U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 13 announced it will resolve a procedural matter concerning legal challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ controversial 2015 rule that expands federal jurisdiction over “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).  The Court, however, will not resolve anything concerning the merits of the rule.  When and how the ultimate case against the WOTUS rule will end remains uncertain.

With litigation continuing, the Corps is not implementing the 2015 WOTUS rule. Instead, the Corps continues to use the 1986 regulations and applicable jurisdictional guidance (status quo as it existed before the new rule) in making jurisdictional determinations or taking other actions based on the definition of WOTUS. 

AGC remains engaged on Capitol Hill, within the regulatory agencies, and with the Trump transition team to address its concerns with the rule.

If you have questions, please contact Leah Pilconis at pilconisl@agc.org or Scott Berry at berrys@agc.org Return to Top

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EPA Finalizes 2017 Construction Stormwater Permit
AGC Highlights Major Accomplishments, Notable Changes and Areas for Improvement
 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published its final 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP), which authorizes stormwater discharges from construction activities. It takes effect on Feb. 16, 2017, which is when the 2012 CGP expires.  Among other achievements, AGC was successful in ensuring that the final permit does not require contractors to electronically report their site-specific stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs) for public, online examination — which would have increased the possibilities of erroneous citizen environmental lawsuits.

AGC closely communicated with EPA’s construction stormwater leads, and staff at other federal agencies, throughout the permit reissuance process and offered detailed recommendations on how to improve the proposed version. 

Although thevast majority of states have been authorized to issue their own NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permits, EPA’s CGP remains the standard-bearer for state and local stormwater discharge permits for construction projects. Therefore, it is important for AGC to monitor it closely because state and local environmental agencies look to EPA’s CGP for guidance concerning their own versions of the permit.  At present, EPA administers the CGP in four states (Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, all other U.S. territories with the exception of the Virgin Islands.

For complete details and analysis on the changes to the 2017 CGP, AGC’s successes and potential landmines, click here.

For more information, please contact AGC’s Leah Pilconis at pilconisl@agc.org or (703) 837-5332 Return to Top

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Federal Requirements for Sustainable Products/Services May Change
 

AGC is reviewing proposed updates to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that would make federal agency preferences for sustainable products and services permanent, impacting federal construction contractors.  The changes build on an interim rule that took effect in 2011 (FAR case 2010-001, “Sustainable Acquisition”) that currently requires federal agencies and contractors to prefer sustainable acquisition options. It also directs federal contractors to recycle or recover construction and demolition debris and to comply with agency environmental management systems, among other things.  The interim rule was promulgated without prior opportunity for public comment.

AGC is currently reviewing the proposal and will submit written comments on or before the comment deadline of March 20.

For more information or to provide your input on the proposal, contact Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org or (703) 837-5415. Return to Top

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Confirmation Hearing Held for President-Elect Trumpís Pick for EPA Administrator
 

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a confirmation hearing this week for President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, 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 Trumps plans for environmental policy, Pruitt made it clear he plans to fulfill President-elect 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 the Environmental Protection Agency.

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

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AGC EVENTS
Donít Miss a Chance to Save on Registration for the Federal Contractors Conference
Early-Bird Rate Expires Feb. 1
 

Register by February 1 for the 2017 AGC Federal Contractors Conference (FEDCON) and save $50 off the registration fee. FEDCON is the premier conference for federal construction contractors to discuss the latest projects, policies and contracting issues facing the industry with federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facility Engineering Command, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, General Services Administration, Small Business Administration Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of State, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Bureau of Reclamation.

In addition to substantive discussions and presentations with federal agencies, attendees will hear from legal experts about the latest federal regulations that will impact their businesses and may have the opportunity to continue a dialogue with federal agencies after the conference. Leading federal construction attorneys will address executive orders, Small Business Administration and Federal Acquisition Regulation rules, and case law trends your company needs to know to work in the federal market. And, when the conference concludes, AGC member attendees will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing dialogue and meetings with agency headquarters later in the year.

For more information and to register, go to http://meetings.agc.org/fedcon/registration/ Return to Top

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AGC Financial Issues Committee Winter Meeting Recap
 

Last week, nearly 50 member company CFOs and other senior accounting professionals attended the AGC Financial Issues Committee (FIC) Winter Meeting in Miami, FL. Committee members were brought up to speed on FASB initiatives and tax matters, had a policy discussion with Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.); discussed operational issues regarding Cybersecurity with Jason Witty at US Bancorp; as well as received an economic outlook by AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

The next meeting of the FIC will be the Summer Meeting scheduled for June 27-28, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Meeting and hotel information will be circulated in the coming weeks and early bird registration will open soon.

For more information, contact Brian Lenihan at lenihanb@agc.org or (202) 547-4733. Return to Top

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