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newsandviews 3. Beneficial Reuse – Definition of Regulated Fill CT DEP has issued a second draft of definitions for clean fill, regulated waste, conditional fill, conditionally exempt solid waste, and special wastes that will change the way used asphalt, brick, ceramics, concrete, dredged sediments, and polluted soil is managed. DEP’s regulatory effort is to ultimately use these definitions as part of a new General Permit for the Beneficial Reuse of Soil and Sediments. Until then, CCIA is working with DEP to clarify the definitions as they would best reflect our current construction industry practices. Had enough? There is more… A List Worth Checking What’s new? There is plenty, especially if you are overly concerned (as I am) with proposed environmental regulations that would affect the construction industry. Five such proposals come immediately to mind. 4. CT’s General Permit (GP) for the Stormwater Discharges at Construction Sites DEP has proposed revisions to this GP that would change the permit approval process, fee schedule, and could introduce new effluent limitations, based on proposed federal turbidity levels. As proposed, and a complete switch from current practice, the CT applicant’s stormwater pollution control plan (SWPCP) would be subject to approval by the particular Conservation District where the construction is planned. Staff of the Conservation Districts would have strict timelines to review and approve the plan before it is submitted to DEP. The proposed GP fees range from $500 to $5,000, with additional costs for subdivisions. CCIA awaits a final draft of this GP, but we have submitted preliminary written and verbal comments, and will continue to monitor. 1. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions EPA is reviewing comments on its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to “discuss and solicit public input” on how to use the federal Clean Air Act to control GHG emissions. This includes seeking input on regulating GHG from buildings and construction equipment, to determine if such emissions pose a public endangerment. The construction industry is fearful of such regulations that hold the potential of restricting, halting, and delaying building, highway, and other infrastructure projects. In addition, such a rule could impact fuel use and type of fuel, manufacturing of new equipment, and equipment operation. National organizations, such as AGC, ARTBA and NUCA, are voicing their opposition. For more information, go to By Faith Gavin Kuhn CCIA Director of Public Information Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut Executive Director Equipment Dealers Executive Director 5. CT’s GP for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities For the construction industry, this GP would primarily affect quarries and asphalt facilities. DEP’s initial proposal was turned 180 degrees by recommendations of environmental groups who suggested DEP adopt EPA’s Multi-Sector General Permit approach. The Multi-Sector approach regulates stormwater discharges based on 29 industry sectors to monitor for specific discharges. DEP is considering specific numeric effluent limitations for nine industry sectors, including asphalt plants and mines, quarries, and stone cutting. CCIA and several other industry groups are working with DEP as a final draft is being prepared to reduce the economic impact of this regulatory approach. These proposals are far from final. CCIA is advocating on behalf of our industry to minimize the regulatory impact of all five proposals. Stay tuned and let us know what you think – 2. Effluent Limitations for Stormwater Runoff at Construction Sites On November 28, 2008, EPA issued a proposed rule to establish the first national effluent (discharge) limit for stormwater runoff from construction sites. Contractors would have to meet EPA’s technology-based “floor” on most sites by installing and maintaining a range of erosion and sediment controls that “are generally recognized and accepted as effective” best management practices (BMPs). Construction sites disturbing 10 or more acres of land at a time would also need to install sediment basins to treat their stormwater discharges. A numeric limit on the level of turbidity would apply to sites of 30 acres or more located in rainy areas where the soil has high clay content. The construction and development (C&D) effluent limitation guideline (ELG) proposal and other information are online at CONNstruction / Spring 2009 / 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Spring 2009

CONNstruction - Spring 2009
The Proving Year
AGC’s Building Division – Where the Value Shines Through
A List Worth Checking
In Defense of “Special Interests”
The Vexatious Litigant
Your Industry Association Membership - Now More Than Ever
Executive Summary
CCIA’s Executive Committee and Officers for 2009
CCIA Board of Directors 2009
Association Activities
Education and Training
Legislative-Lobbying and Government Relations
Labor Relations
CCIA Division Officers
CCIA Staff
Plenty of Parking
Building a Foundation
Connecticut Roadbuilders Fall Meeting
UCAC Annual Scholarship Auction
2008 CCIA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Reception
Diggers/Mixers/Fixers Golf Outing
AGC/CT Industry Recognition Awards Dinner
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Spring 2009