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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 To Hold Public Meetings on WOTUS Rule

Last month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a schedule of meetings that will offer the public the chance to discuss the definition of “Waters of the United States (WOTUS).” Following a proposal to rescind the Obama-era WOTUS rule in July, EPA and the Corps published a notice in the Federal Register on Aug. 28.

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EPA Proposes to Rescind Obama-era WOTUS Rule

On June 27, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Army and Army Corps of Engineers announced they are proposing to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to the “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS, rule in 2015. The final rule, which was first issued in May 2015, dramatically expanded the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the country. 

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ABC Comments on Burdensome EPA Regulations

On May 15, ABC submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on costly and burdensome EPA regulations and policies. In the comment letter, ABC expressed concern that major federal projects have been unnecessarily delayed or abandoned, resulting in jobs being deferred or never created because of a dysfunctional permitting system. ABC supports a streamlined process for developers to obtain environmental permits and approvals for their projects in a timely and efficient manner, which would help foster job creation and economic growth. 

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Trump Administration Approves Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

On March 24, the U.S. Department of State signed a permit approving the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, which would ship crude from Canada's western oil-sands region to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The memorandum invited TransCanada to re-submit its application for a presidential permit for the construction of the 1,600-mile pipeline and requested that the State Department reach a final permitting decision within 60 days.

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The Latest on the Trump Administration: Feb. 16 – 22

On Feb. 16, President Trump announced R. Alexander Acosta as his nominee for Secretary of Labor. Acosta is currently the dean of the Florida International University College of Law and previously served as an assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division and as a member of the National Labor Relations Board.  His nomination followed Andy Puzder’s withdrawal from the confirmation process.

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