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    Construction NewsBRIEFS! 5-11-2012

    Contractors will now have the right to a hearing to determine whether EPA has authority to issue a compliance order un­der the Clean Water Act before being required to im­mediately implement a compliance order following a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Sackett v. EPA, 2012 U.S. LEXIS 2320 (Mar. 21, 2012), according to “Wetlands: Challenging A Federal Compliance Order”, from Hinckley Allen Snyder, LLP, Environmental Viewpoint, Construction Outlook magazine, April, 2012.

    AGC of America supports establishing a six-year federal statute of repose for latent defect claims. Current law allows the federal government a never-ending claim against federal construction contractors for any defects in construction completed. Over thirty states have statutes of repose restricting the liability of a contractor after a specified period of time.

    U.S. drivers waste 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline each year, costing them more than $100 billion in lost fuel and time due to traffic delays, concludes a report from the U.S. Treasury Department. An annual investment of $85 billion over the next 20 years would be needed to bring highways and bridges up to the level of good repair, according to “A New Economic Analysis of Infrastructure Investment”.

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