The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is the role of the Environmental Protection Agency, not the court system, to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from powerplants under the Clean Air Act. In a June 20 decision in AEP v. Connecticut, the high court said that states and conservation groups could not challenge powerplants' greenhouse gas emissions in federal court through “public nuisance” lawsuits.In the 8-0 ruling, the justices said that Congress clearly intended that the EPA develop a policy to deal with greenhouse gases. EPA is expected to announce by May 2012 whether it will regulate such emissions under
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.