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

New EPA Stormwater Regs Expected to Have Moderate Effect on State

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized new stormwater requirements that will impact nearly every construction and development project in the United States. These “Construction and Development Effluent Limitations Guidelines” (C&D ELG) impose an enforceable numeric l...
Posted on: 07/27/2010

Top 10 Things Contractors Should Know About Climate Change

The U.S. Congress is considering whether to enact “cap and trade” program that would enable the federal government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Policymakers are seeking to enact a comprehensive energy and climate change bill that aims to increase energy efficiency address the ri...
Posted on: 11/09/2009

AGC of America's Environmental Network

Stormwater climate change and diesel retrofit are among the issues covered during AGC of America’s Environmental Network Conference Call Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. Through the Network AGC members keep pace with the latest developments and participate in the associations policymaking on environmental matt...
Posted on: 10/13/2009

Broader Implications from Judge's Maury Island Ruling?

Just as Glacier Northwest was preparing to resume construction of a replacement barge loading dock at its Maury Island facility a federal judge halted further work when he ruled that the Corps of Engineers conducted an inadequate assessment of the potential environmental impacts on Puget Sound. G...
Posted on: 08/18/2009

EPA Urged to Decline California's Diesel Equipment Emissions Standards

Construction companies nationwide will suffer significant financial losses and more construction workers will lose their jobs if the federal government allows California to proceed with plans to impose retroactive emissions standards on diesel construction equipment the AGC of America warned in a...
Posted on: 08/17/2009

Transit Oriented Development Bill Significantly Alters GMA

House Bill 1490 is an environmental bill that has become well known for its emphasis on fostering transit oriented development. AGC opposes the measure because of the prescriptive burdens and costs that will be placed on businesses families and local governments and corresponding land use litiga...
Posted on: 03/03/2009

Covered Loads Bill to Be Heard in Senate Committee

Tomorrow (Wed Feb. 25) the Senate Transportation Committee is expected to hold a hearing on recently-introduced legislation regarding covered loads and AGC seeks the input of members. The elements of the bill (SB 5846) are: • Retains the 6 freeboard exemption until January 1 2014. After that d...
Posted on: 02/24/2009

House Committee Votes in Favor of Cap and Trade Bill

AGC is opposing cap and trade legislation requested by Governor Gregoire. The bill HB 1819 was recently voted out of the House Committee on Ecology and Parks. HB 1819 and the Senate version SB 5735 would implement a regional cap and trade program linking Washington with other states and Canadia...
Posted on: 02/18/2009

Bill Mandates Major Reductions in Buildings' Energy Use

AGC opposes legislation to significantly tighten building envelopes and save energy as a means to reduce greenhouse gasses. The bill (HB 1747) would require the Department of Community Trade & Economic Development (CTED) to develop and implement a strategic plan for enhancing energy efficien...
Posted on: 02/18/2009

King County Ordinance Seeks to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The King County Department of Development and Environmental Services in consultation with AGC NAIOP MBA other business local governments the state and the public is developing an ordinance to implement a proposed policy that would allow King County to exercise substantive authority under the Stat...
Posted on: 09/04/2008

Development in Many Areas Severely Restricted by New Floodplain Maps

Owners of billions of dollars worth of property in Washington State will see severe curbs on development once the revision of the countrys floodplain maps is completed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is revising the floodplain maps in support of the National Flood Insuran...
Posted on: 08/05/2008

EPA and AGC Provide Guidance for Reducing Diesel Emissions

Increasingly state and local governments are considering requirements for contractors to reduce emissions from their off-road diesel equipment. As new more stringent clean air standards go into effect and with the potential for the national implementation of the California diesel retrofit mandat...
Posted on: 07/22/2008