By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory and legal issues, ARTBA

ARTBA has contacted three federal agencies on matters important to the transportation construction industry.

The association supported modifications to the guidance process in June 19 comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and June 22 comments to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Both agencies are reforming their procedures in response to a 2019 executive order from President Donald Trump.

The proposed changes include allowing the regulated community to comment on significant guidance documents before they are issued, and establish websites where active guidance can be stored and searched. ARTBA said the proposals will increase industry input and allow the agencies to address potential problems before they are implemented.

ARTBA also filed June 19 comments with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to support Utah’s continued participation in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) delegation program for categorical exclusions. The program has prevented delays in the project review and approval process without impacting environmental safeguards.

ARTBA has consistently supported NEPA delegation in all states where it is being used.