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ABC is troubled by the energy and environmental policy actions of the Obama administration, which have been moving forward without congressional approval via regulation and other administrative methods. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has pursued costly and burdensome regulations without regard for the negative implications they would have on American businesses and their employees. Some of these regulations increase energy and material prices for the construction industry-not to mention the cost of living for employees-and impede economic recovery and job creation.

In addition, the call for a comprehensive energy policy has grown steadily stronger as fuel prices rise. ABC agrees that alternative/renewable energy sources are vital to America’s future; however, ABC also believes the implementation of such sources will only succeed when coupled with measures designed to lessen U.S. dependence on foreign sources of energy. These measures include increased domestic exploration and production of fossil fuels, as well as responsible deepwater drilling.

EPA and Corps Issue Repeal of 2015 WOTUS Rule

On Sept. 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed the final rule rescinding the 2015 final Clean Water Rule: Definition of "Waters of the United States," also known as the WOTUS final rule. ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman attended the signing ceremony for the rulemaking.

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EPA Finalizes the Affordable Clean Energy Rule

On June 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the Affordable Clean Energy final rule, which replaces the Obama administration’s overreaching Clean Power Plan with a rule that restores rule of law, empowers states and supports energy diversity.

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Trump Administration Releases Spring 2019 Regulatory Agenda

On May 22, the Trump administration released its Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The agenda lists upcoming rulemakings and other regulatory actions from each agency that the administration expects to publish through the end of the year and into 2020.

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WOTUS Revision Would Alleviate Confusion, Says ABC in Comments to Agencies

On April 15, ABC submitted comments expressing its support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule revising the definition of “water of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. ABC also filed comments as a member of the Waters Advocacy Coalition.

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EPA and Army to Host Public Hearing on New WOTUS Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army announced plans to host a public hearing on the new “Waters of the United States" proposed rule in Kansas City, Kansas, Feb. 27-28. The hearing was previously scheduled for Jan. 23 but was postponed due to the lapse in appropriations at the EPA. 

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