By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs, ARTBA

ARTBA the week of Sept. 25 filed regulatory comments on three issues that impact the transportation construction industry. The latest agency actions generally trend toward industry objectives. The association supported:

  • the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) decision to repeal the Obama administration’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS)ARTBA has long argued that the rule improperly extends federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction by regulating roadside ditches when they do not connected to regular water bodies.
  • the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) decision to review overtime regulations made by the previous administration. In the comments, ARTBA explained that minimum salary levels for overtime exemption should reflect geographic averages, noting “the minimum salary in New York City is very likely to be much higher than it would be in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  DOL should instead look to regional cost-of-living differences when setting the minimum salary threshold.”
  • the Federal Highway Administration agreement with Alaska allowing the state to make key environmental decisions on transportation construction projects. ARTBA has supported similar efforts in California, Texas, Ohio, Florida and Utah.

These and other regulatory comments are posted at http://www.artba.org/government-affairs/regulatory/. ARTBA will continue to update its membership on our aggressive regulatory advocacy on behalf of the transportation construction industry.