The Environmental Protection Agency has asked a federal appeals court to give the agency 18 months to address what it termed a “flaw” in a 2009 stormwater regulation. The rule sets a limit on sediment discharges from construction sites. In April 2010, the Small Business Administration asked EPA to reconsider parts of that regulation. According to EPA, the SBA cited “potential deficiencies” with data used to arrive at the sediment limit. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) also challenged the sediment limits. NAHB says the cost of complying with the standard would have risen up to $10 billion a
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.