FHWA Repeals Greenhouse Gas Performance Measures

AGC Fights Back Against Obama-Era Rule that Would Have Slowed Project Approval
On May 22, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) repealed a regulation put in place in the waning days of the Obama administration that would have required states to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on highways as part of the planning process for transportation improvement projects. AGC was actively involved in fighting this rule from its inception, raising concerns about its legality and application in a 14-page comment letter. AGC also joined with 38 other organizations in challenging FHWA’s authority to mandate the measurements.  And, AGC submitted a second round of comments to Transportation Secretary Chao last November. AGC’s comments were cited multiple times in the final repeal notice.
AGC’s comments argued that the rule undermines the transportation planning process, could adversely impact air quality and duplicates other federal initiatives related to GHG already underway.  AGC also raised the issue in a meeting with Transportation Secretary Chao in her first days on the job following Senate confirmation.
For more background on this issue, please see prior AGC articles here and here.  If you have additional questions, contact Brian Deery at [email protected] or (703) 837-5319.

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