The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has approved a one-year delay—to Jan. 1, 2013—of a requirement that government agencies must withhold 3% of their payments to contractors. Design and construction groups oppose the mandate. The extension was published on May 9 in an IRS final rule and will apply to federal, state and local agencies' payments. The mandate, part of a 2006 statute, originally was to take effect at the start of 2011. The 2009 economic stimulus act extended the deadline until Jan. 1, 2012. The mandate applies to agencies whose total annual spending on goods and services is $100 million
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.