The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Sept. 30 that it would use the Clean Air Act to potentially regulate greenhouse gasses. Industry sources say the proposal, which applies to stationary sources that emit more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gasses annually, could result in litigation and construction delays if it were to go into effect. The same day, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced legislation to address global warming in the Senate. The House of Representatives passed a global warming bill last spring, but the Senate has failed to move forward on a comparable bill until
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.