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Revised Assistance on the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP or Lead Paint) Rule: Contractors working in older (before 1978) buildings need to follow the RRP Rule to keep themselves and customers and occupants safe from lead. Find clear information on the four main requirements with links to helpful tools and information to help you comply at http://www.cicacenter.org/leadrrp.php. Also available in Spanish! See http://www.cicacenter.org/sp/sp_leadrrp.php.

Asistencia revisada sobre la regla de renovación, reparación y pintura (RRP o pintura con plomo): Los contratistas que trabajan en edificios más antiguos (antes de 1978) deben seguir la regla RRP para mantenerse a sí mismos, a los clientes y ocupantes a salvo del plomo. Encuentre información clara sobre los cuatro requisitos principales con enlaces a herramientas e información útiles para ayudarlo a cumplir en http://www.cicacenter.org/sp/sp_leadrrp.php. ¡También disponible en inglés! Consulte http://www.cicacenter.org/leadrrp.php.

AGC has posted and is maintaining COVID-19 information, including Safety, Health and Environmental resources relevant to the construction industry. Go to to AGC COVID-19 Resources.

Contractors - US EPA published information for lead renovation firms to help fulfill your legal requirements and to protect yourself, your employees, and your clients from the dangers of lead exposure. This material includes safe work practices and printable brochures (English and Spanish) for distribution to your customers. Go to EPA RRP Contractor Resources.

EPA Finalizes AGC-Supported Addition of Aerosol Cans to the Universal Waste Regulations. On Nov. 15, 2019 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized an AGC-supported rule expanding the universal waste regulations to include aerosol cans and streamlining the management of this waste. More information.

The Obama administration’s 2015 “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule—which defines federal environmental permitting jurisdiction involving wetlands—is in effect in 22 states and some counties in New Mexico (click here for a map) until December 23, 2019, when the formal repeal of the 2015 WOTUS rule goes into effect. More information.

EPA finalizes modification to the 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a modification to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP), which covers eligible stormwater discharges from construction activities in areas where the EPA is the permitting authority. The final modified permit will take effect on June 27, 2019. More information.

Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. EPA published a final rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emissions from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the US. After March 22, 2019, composite wood products must be labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant. More information.

Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction. The new OSHA construction industry standard applies to all occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica in construction work and sets a new Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air (50.0 µg/m3) as an 8-hour Time-Weighted Average (TWA). More information.

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