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AGC staff are actively involved on an ongoing basis with state and federal environmental issues that affect the construction industry. has been actively involved this spring with safety and environmental regulatory issues. Provided below is a brief description of some of the issues being addressed. If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to be added to the e-mail list alerting you of these issues, please contact  Lisa Frenette - 651-785-5202.

 

  • Industrial Storm Water Permit: This five year permit was reissued on April 5, 2010 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and requires certain manufacturing facilities to file for a general permit to regulate their industrial storm water. Construction related activities covered under this permit include the manufacturing of concrete, asphalt, heavy equipment and landfill operations. For more information about these requirements go to:http://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/stormwater/stormwater-i.html .
  • Construction Storm Water Permit: Requires erosion and sediment control for disturbed land during roadway or building construction. Although this permit was reissued in by the MPCA in 2008, new federal discharge limits will become enforceable for Minnesota operations in 2013. These effluent limit guidelines (ELG’s) will regulate the sediment leaving the construction site in an "end of pipe” fashion. The pollutant parameter to be measured will be the nephelometricturbidity unit or NTU. This will likely require additional engineering or structural as well as non-structural controls. For more information go to: http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/guide/construction/ .
  • Diesel Emission Grants: The AGC of Minnesota continues its successful relationship with the non-profit organization Environmental Initiative (formerly MEI) to earn members access to federal grant dollars for upgrading construction equipment to limit diesel emissions. To date over one dozen members have received more than one million dollars of funding through federal grants. Diesel emissions, both on and off road, have been identified by the federal EPA as a contributing cause to ground level ozone and smog. It is likely that Minnesota will enter into non-attainment or non-compliance with ambient air quality standards in the coming years. This fact can will require contractors to upgrade their equipment by adding pollution control devices to older models or purchase new equipment. Upgrades include oxidation catalysts, idle reducers, particulate filters and even rebuilding engines or replacing them.
  • Lead Certification: If you are performing work that disturbs lead based paint or removing or painting over lead based paint you are now required to be certified by the U.S. EPA. Light duty remodel, repair or painting work that disturbs lead paint in certain child occupied or target housing sites requires certification for safe removal and exposure control. After carefully weighing all available information and considering the public comments, EPA has concluded it is not necessary to impose new lead-dust sampling and laboratory analysis, known as the clearance requirements, as part of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule. The Agency believes that the existing lead-safe work practices and clean up requirements -- which went into place in 2010 -- will protect people from lead dust hazards created during renovations jobs without the need for additional clearance requirements. For more information check out the following website: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm .
  • MNG49 Permit: this permit regulates storm water control and management of sand and gravel activities. This permit is currently undergoing revision and will be reauthorized later this year. AGC staff and members, ARM and MAPA are in direct dialog with MPCA staff in an industry advisory group to help shape the permit language prior to the permit being publicly noticed. It is likely that compliance under the Industrial Stormwater permit for certain associated activities such as asphalt and concrete manufacturing, will be combined with the MNG49 permit to limit permitting activities to just one permit.

 

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