Over the past decade, wildfires have grown in size, duration and destructiveness due to the boom in biomass fuel production, changing climate conditions, rising temperatures, widespread drought and earlier snowmelt. Human error also has caused growth in the number of wildfires in recent years. From 2014 to 2017, the frequency of fires in the United States has been increasing at an estimated annualized rate of 5 percent burning more than 13.7 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Construction companies, general contractors, developers, and property owners involved in land clearance and disturbance activities will want to take note of the new Stormwater Construction General Permit (Construction General Permit) issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that took effect Feb. 16.
Asbestos, like any potential carcinogen (e.g., radiation or tobacco smoke), requires more than a nominal dose to result in disease. But to hear plaintiffs and their experts at trials throughout the country, there is no “safe” dose of asbestos.
However, it is not true that every exposure to asbestos contributes to asbestos disease, or that there is no “safe” dose of asbestos. As such, many courts nationwide are rejecting the “any exposure” theory or similar cumulative exposure approach in asbestos and other toxic tort litigation.
Green Seal released a proposed standard for Architectural Insulation Materials (GS-54) Feb. 3, as well as the rationale for the standard and a review of thermal insulation products.
The construction industry’s impact on the environment is significant in relation to total amount of pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates more than 135 million tons of debris from construction sites ends up in landfills in the United States each year.
Green Seal recently released a revised version of its GS-11 Standard that covers most types of architectural coatings available on the market today. The new standard is a compilation of the previous GS-11 version and the GS-47 Standard for Stains and Finishes.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to further tighten ozone standards could result in the loss of more than 45,000 construction jobs each year, slow the nation’s economy and impede vital infrastructure investments.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a $600,000 pilot program to identify risks and develop adaptation plans for water utilities in 20 communities that are facing a wide range of potential climate change impacts.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category that drops the numeric discharge limit for turbidity in stormwater and implements best practice management to prevent erosion at construction sites. Continue »