Harvey's aftermath will rattle construction supply chain, economists say

Hurricane Harvey’s immediate impact on the construction sector will be a disruption in the supply chain for key materials, along with scheduling problems for projects that were under construction.
Posted on: 09/08/2017

Attorney General’s Office seeks US Supreme Court review in culverts case

The Attorney General’s Office recently filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the “culverts case.”
Posted on: 08/28/2017

President Trump’s Executive Order seeks to expedite infrastructure projects

AGC of America reports that President Trump recently issued an Executive Order...
Posted on: 08/28/2017

How to handle an environmental inspection

The initial and most critical phase of an environmental enforcement action is the agency inspection of the event or facility.
Posted on: 08/01/2017

Construction stormwater general permit now in effect

Having satisfied all the elements involved in the appeal filed by AGC and partners, the Department of Ecology has announced that the modified Construction Stormwater General Permit is now in effect.
Posted on: 05/08/2017

After AGC protests, DOE pulls back for now on soil handling rules

DOE will issue a second draft of proposed solid-waste rules that could cause a contractor to unwittingly become subject to solid-waste landfill rules, or require satisfaction of onerous landfill post-closure care or financial assurance requirements.
Posted on: 11/29/2016

AGC opposes onerous soils-handling proposed regs

AGC is opposing Department of Ecology proposed solid waste rules that could cause a contractor to unwittingly become subject to solid waste landfill rules, or require satisfaction of onerous landfill post-closure care or financial assurance requirements.
Posted on: 09/19/2016

AGC’s new Environment Committee tackles proposed soils-handling regulations

AGC formed a new Environment Committee to address proposed regulations and legislation regarding environmental issues.
Posted on: 09/02/2016

Four-year process leads to draft EIS for Millennium project

More than four years after the permitting process began, Washington State DOE and Cowlitz County released the draft EIS for the Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview project that would create a global export hub.
Posted on: 06/21/2016

Gov. Inslee announces new carbon-reduction plan

Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced his revised carbon reduction rule. Ash Grove Cement and Nucor Steel are among the businesses impacted by the rule.
Posted on: 06/06/2016

OSHA’s new silica rule imposes new regulations on many contractors

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (the “Silica Rule”).
Posted on: 05/23/2016

Free training on using DOE’s WQWebDMR portal

Facilities with an NPDES or State Waste Discharge permit are required to monitor discharge and submit reports
Posted on: 02/29/2016

Appeal of onerous stormwater permit continues

As reported in the previous AGC Works, AGC and other industry groups have filed an appeal of DOE’s new Construction Stormwater General Permit, which became effective Jan. 1.
Posted on: 01/19/2016

Unintended consequences of Governor’s carbon plan

Gov. Inslee has asked the Department of Ecology to write a rule that would cap and reduce carbon pollution (greenhouse gasses). Ecology is focusing on businesses and organizations (see the list here) that are responsible for producing 100,000 metric tons or more of greenhouse gases.
Posted on: 11/13/2015

Court issues nationwide stay of EPA/Corps' “Waters of the US” regulation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has issued a nationwide stay of the new federal regulation redefining "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) for the purposes of the Clean Water Act.
Posted on: 11/03/2015

Volunteers needed for AGC of America’s Environmental Steering Committee

Each year AGC of America seeks nominations for qualified and motivated individuals from the AGC Environmental Forum to serve on the steering committee for the forum. Would you like to play a leadership role in AGC of America’s environmental advocacy, education and outreach efforts?
Posted on: 11/03/2015

Volunteer sought for soil and sediment workgroup

AGC is looking for a volunteer to serve on the Soil and Sediment Workgroup a committee established by the Department of Ecology for the purposes of providing input on new solid-waste rulemaking activity. The workgroup will be creating definitions of clean soil which will include numeric analytica...
Posted on: 07/27/2015

DOE proposes big increase for stormwater permit fees

AGC opposes a rule proposed by the Department of Ecology that would dramatically increase construction stormwater permit fees. Last week DOE announced a draft rule that would increase the fees for both general and individual permits by 5.31% in 2016 and 5.27% in 2017. DOE says that current fees ...
Posted on: 06/12/2015

AGC-WSDOT Administrative and Environmental Excellence award winners

Granite Construction Guy F. Atkinson KLB Construction West Company and Spokane Products were among those honored for administrative and environmental excellence by WSDOT and AGC of Washington. Awards were presented at the AGC-WSDOT annual meeting January 8 in Tacoma. Partnership for Excellence i...
Posted on: 01/17/2015

DOE suggests changes to construction stormwater permit

The Construction Stormwater General Permit expires Dec. 31 2015. The Department of Ecology has begun the process of reissuing it and disseminating its list of suggested changes.  Questions for AGC members: 1. Aside from DOE’s suggested changes (see below) are there aspects of the permit which y...
Posted on: 10/13/2014

New water-quality rules will impact construction

Governor Inslee will soon make a determination regarding fish consumption in Washington State. This seemingly innocuous determination though could have a big effect on utility rates future development and construction. The figure that the state adopts for “fish consumption” – basically the amoun...
Posted on: 05/12/2014

Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Would Have Negative Impact on Construction

Washington State is considering the implementation of a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS). While some of the effects of such a policy on the construction industry are unknown because it has yet to be tried anywhere the things that are known about the policy are not good. The push for a low-carbon ...
Posted on: 12/02/2013

Is There a Carbon Tax in the Atmosphere?

Expect low-carbon fuel standards and a carbon tax to be on the agenda when the State Legislature convenes in January. These and other greenhouse gas-related proposals got a boost from Gov. Inslee on two fronts recently:•    The Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW) created by legisla...
Posted on: 11/04/2013

New Seattle Recycling Rules Coming on Line

The following information is provided by the City of Seattle. More information is available at www.seattle.gov/util/CDWasteManagement or contact Gabriella Uhlar-Heffner at 386-9772 or Shirli Axelrod at 684-7804. The City of Seattle has adopted new requirements for recycling construction and bui...
Posted on: 05/13/2013

AGC Opposes DOE's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Plan

The Department Ecology issued a letter indicating it plans to move forward with its draft SEPA guidance to address greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). AGC and other business groups expressed significant concerns that Ecology’s approach will create endless litigation opportunities for project opponent...
Posted on: 08/10/2010