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Proposed New Federal Stormwater Permit - EPA Webinar May 24 - AGC Needs Your Input!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recent proposal to significantly change the federal construction general permit (CGP) applies to New Mexico where the EPA is the permitting authority.

Please read this important article in AGC's Environmental Observer to learn about the significant proposed permit modifications for stormwater runoff and then provide your input and recommendations to AGC.  Your responses will help shape the Association’s comments to EPA!

EPA will host a free webcast on Tuesday, May 24 from 1-3pm EST to discuss the proposed new Construction General Permit (CGP).  The webcast will cover the new requirements of the proposed CGP and provide participants an opportunity to ask questions of EPA staff.  Online registration for this webcast is available now

The EPA proposal to significantly change the federal CGP has NATIONWIDE IMPLICATIONS!  Even though the new federal CGP will apply only in areas where EPA is the permitting authority – Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire , New Mexico, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and most other territories and Indian lands – it is likely to act as a template, setting a baseline for EPA’s approval of state permits for stormwater runoff from any construction jobsite that disturbs one acre or more of land.

AGC’s 5-Step Response Plan
1.       After reading AGC’s Environmental Observer article - Proposed New Construction General Permit Guaranteed to Change the Way Contractors Manage Stormwater Runoff; Comments Due June 24 - please review the attached list of 26 questions that AGC would like contractor members to respond to as soon as possible.  Please email pilconisl@agc.org – you do not need to answer every question.  
2.       AGC will participate in an EPA webcast on Tuesday, May 24th on the proposed permit and provide the Agency with the Association’s  initial comments and concerns.  The attached flyer provides more information on EPA’s May 24th  webcast or register here.
3.       AGC will host its own private, member-only webinar (NO CHARGE) on Wednesday, June 1st (1-3pm ET) for AGC Chapters and Members to discuss the real-world, practical implications of the proposed permit modifications -- including industry projections of the increased cost, paperwork burdens and legal risk for construction site operators tasked with stormwater compliance.  Addition information will be available soon, but if you would like to reserve your spot now, please email yatesc@agc.org.
4.       By mid-June , AGC plans to circulate a “template” comment letter for AGC Chapters and Members to customize and submit to EPA under their own signature.  Stay tuned! 
5.       AGC will submit a detailed and comprehensive comment letter to EPA by the June 24th comment deadline. 

What do you think?