EPA Urged to Decline California Request to
Impose Billions in New Costs on Devastated U.S. Construction Industry
August 18, 2009
In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
the Associated General Contractors (AGC) writes, "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."
"Letting California punish contractors for purchasing equipment
that met all emissions standards then in effect would devastate
construction employment nationwide far more than it would help the
environment," says Stephen E. Sandherr, the AGC's chief executive
officer. "States would be hard pressed to find a better way
to undermine the stimulus than forcing contractors to throw away
billions in perfectly good equipment."
Noting that California officials could not have foreseen current
economic conditions or the impact they are having on construction
emissions, Sandherr says the state already has agreed to assess
how the economic downturn has changed the situation. He adds that
until the state completes that assessment, it is impossible to know
if California's rule, which would cost contractors an estimated
$13 billion to implement, would have significant environmental benefits.
Meanwhile, construction employment has declined 17.5 percent statewide
in the last 12 months alone.
According to a new analysis released by the association today, 32
states, including Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New York,
Pennsylvania and Texas, are likely to impose similar retroactive
emissions requirements on construction equipment if EPA approves
California's retroactive emissions standards.
HERE to view a copy of the letter to the EPA.
HERE to view a copy of the new analysis of states likely to
follow in California's wake.
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