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Volvo Construction Equipment was awarded a $2 million grant for a commercial pilot of the company's electric, zero emission excavator and electric wheel loader in California. The grant, administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), is funded by the U.S.

The Associated General Contractors of America called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to delay cutting highway funds to California as state officials work to update and finalize its air quality plans. Association officials noted that cutting off funding for highway improvements in the state will undermine the primary objective of the Clean Air Act.

The Trump administration's repeal of a 2015 proposed rule will help restore clarity to federal wetlands regulations and reduce delays to important transportation projects, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said. "The regulatory ping-pong on roadside ditches has created vast uncertainty for years with little environmental benefit," said ARTBA President and CEO Dave Bauer.

A federal district judge has ruled an Obama administration-era wetlands regulation fails to comply with the law, handing the 2015 directive its second defeat since May. The decision is a win for the nation's transportation construction industry, which is fighting the regulation because it could subject roadside ditches to federal regulations, causing delays and driving up project costs.

The devastating fires in northern California have long been doused, but clean-up efforts will likely be ongoing for another year. As many as 19,000 structures on 14,000 properties were destroyed. Of those property owners, 11,000 have signed up with the California Debris Removal Program, which charges no out of pocket costs.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to award multiple contracts worth an estimated $220 million over a five-year period to address the legacy of uranium contamination from abandoned mines in the Navajo Nation area.

San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer joined the acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to officially accept a $614 million federal loan to help finance the first phase of Pure Water San Diego — an innovative water recycling program that will provide one-third of the city's drinking supply by 2035.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $30.8 million to Arizona for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. "These funds will be used for numerous local projects that will boost the economy while improving water systems," said Mike Stoker, EPA Pacific Southwest regional administrator.

The Trump administration's Dec. 11 proposed overhaul to portions of the Clean Water Act (CWA) would restore clarity to federal wetlands regulations and help reduce delays to important transportation projects, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said.

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) proposed a clear, understandable and implementable definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act.

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement Dec. 11 in reaction to the release of the new clean water rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers: A new measure announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.