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Got Questions for a Federal Agency? Submit them for AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference

AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference; June 10-12 in D.C. The difference between AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference (AGC’s FedCon) and other federal construction meetings is that at AGC’s FedCon construction contractor attendees drive the agenda. For this year’s conference—held June 10-12 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.—AGC is currently seeking your questions for consideration in meetings with headquarters […]

AGC Comments on FAA Drone Rules

Asks for Construction Site Waiver On April 15, AGC of America submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on two regulatory proposals dealing with the use of drones. AGC supported FAA’s proposal to lift its ban on the nighttime operation of drones and to allow flights over people with appropriately categorized drones. AGC’s comments […]

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U.S. EPA Concludes Pollution Through Groundwater Does Not Require a Federal Discharge Permit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on an interpretive statement published April 15, concluding that “releases of pollutants to groundwater are categorically excluded from Clean Water Act’s permitting requirements because Congress explicitly left regulation of discharges to groundwater to the states and to EPA under other statutory authorities.” The full interpretive statement is online. EPA […]

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AGC Supports Proposed WOTUS Definition

On April 15, AGC formally supported and offered substantive feedback in response to a new definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The current proposal provides greater clarity than the 2015 WOTUS Rule (undergoing legal challenges and repeal): it better […]

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AGC Announces 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards Winners

AGC announced the six winners of the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards program on April 2 during its annual Convention in Denver, Colorado. Ujamaa Construction of Chicago, Illinois was named as the 2019 Diverse Business of the Year award winner. Austin Commercial, based in the Texas state capitol, won the Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Award […]

AGC-Backed DERA Authorization Bill Voted Out of Senate Committee

Would Annually Provide $100M in Grants for Diesel Retrofits On April 10, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted overwhelmingly to advance a bipartisan AGC-backed bill to reauthorize the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) program. The bill would provide $100 million annually through fiscal year 2024 for grants and rebates to states and localities to upgrade or […]

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AGC’s Utility Infrastructure Division Presents Underground Safety and Damage Prevention Program

The AGC’s Utility Infrastructure Division (UID) unveiled its white paper addressing underground utility safety and damage prevention during AGC’s Annual Convention on April 3. The white paper lays out key elements of an effective excavation safety program that when included in an overall safety package will help keep facility damages to a minimum and maintain […]

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President Trump Signs Executive Orders Supporting Energy Infrastructure

On April 10, President Trump signed two executive orders supporting the development of energy infrastructure. The orders seek to address lengthy permitting delays that can impede construction. The first order removes barriers to pipeline construction, provides incentives for private investment in energy infrastructure and updates transport regulations to allow shipment of liquified natural gas by rail. The second […]

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DOL Proposes Revisions to Joint Employer Regulations

On April 1, the U. S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) unveiled a proposed rule to revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements. This proposal intends to ensure employers and joint employers clearly understand their responsibilities to pay at least the federal minimum wage […]