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.
other national associations are encouraging our local affiliates to sign on to
more information, please contact Sean O’Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org or
AGC Circulating Sign-On to Letter to President
Trump Outlining Need for Infrastructure Investments
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WOTUS Rule: Supreme Court to Decide Next Steps
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or Scott Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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EPA Finalizes 2017 Construction Stormwater Permit
AGC Highlights Major Accomplishments, Notable Changes and Areas for Improvement
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.
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
details and analysis on the changes to the 2017 CGP, AGC’s successes and
potential landmines, click
information, please contact AGC’s Leah Pilconis at email@example.com or (703) 837-5332.
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Federal Requirements for Sustainable Products/Services May Change
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or (703) 837-5415.
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Confirmation Hearing Held for President-Elect Trumpís Pick for EPA Administrator
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.
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
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 email@example.com or (703) 837-5321.
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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.
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/.
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AGC Financial Issues Committee Winter Meeting Recap
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 547-4733.
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