ARTBA and Allies Weigh In Against Local Hire Mandates

ARTBA and Allies Weigh In Against Local Hire Mandates

What happened: In a May 13 letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, 60 transportation construction and allied associations expressed continued opposition to mandated hiring preferences on federal-aid highway and transit projects (sometimes called “local...
EPA Revokes Trump-Era Cost-Benefit Rule

EPA Revokes Trump-Era Cost-Benefit Rule

What happened:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) no longer must consider both the costs and benefits of proposed regulations under the Clean Air Act. In its notice to withdraw the rule, the agency said there is no “rational basis” for it and...
ARTBA and Allies Weigh In Against Local Hire Mandates

Federal Regulatory Roundup

ARTBA Urges Cautious Approach to Proposed COVID Employer Mandate What happened: ARTBA met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to express concerns over a potential emergency COVID-19 safety standard. The Occupational Safety and Health...
Biden Announces Ambitious Climate Goals

Biden Announces Ambitious Climate Goals

What happened: The White House used Earth Day to announce plans to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by up to 52 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Why it matters: The move reinforces President Joe Biden’s focus on climate change, environmental justice, domestic...
FHWA Clarifies Use of Virtual Public Meetings

FHWA Clarifies Use of Virtual Public Meetings

What happened:  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued guidance for when virtual public meetings can be used to satisfy National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) project review and approval requirements. Why it matters: COVID-19 has made in-person meetings...
Biden Rolls Back Trump’s Rulemaking Reforms

Biden Rolls Back Trump’s Rulemaking Reforms

What happened: Following an executive order from President Joe Biden, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has rescinded several Trump administration regulatory reforms. Among them: the “two for one” policy, which mandated that two existing regulations be...