Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)jointly released their notice of proposed rulemaking redefining “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposal asserts federal control over waters that were previously under the sole jurisdiction of the states, including many ditches, conveyances, isolated waters, and other wet features. More projects will have to comply with federal permitting and other environmental requirements, increasing the time and cost of performing construction services. AGC chapters and members are encouraged to use AGC’s template letter to submit written comments by Oct. 20 detailing how the new definition for this critical term will impact construction operations.
MBI members would agree that compliance with environmental regulations can be very costly, while falling out of compliance can be even more expensive. Therefore, MBI works to educate members on environmental regulatory issues and continues to advocate at the state and local levels for common-sense environmental laws and ordinances.
MBI works to reach common ground in which environmental regulations and business can co-exist. The construction industry agrees that over-burdensome regulatory authority stymies growth opportunities and hinders the development of creative measures that will foster sustainable construction.
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