TAUC has submitted comments to EPA regarding its revised proposed rule that sets carbon emission limits for new power plants. The revised proposed rule is very similar to the original proposal the EPA released last summer (you can read the original comments TAUC submitted on that proposal by clicking here).
Originally, EPA proposed an emissions limit for new coal-fired plants of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour. The revised proposal increases that limit slightly to 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour under certain circumstances. This is still well below the average of 1,800-1,900 pounds per megawatt hour that the most efficient coal plants emit. The agency argues that new coal plants could meet the new limit by installing carbon capture and storage systems, but critics say CCS is an extremely expensive and commercially unproven technology.
On a related note, TAUC also recently submitted informal comments to EPA regarding its upcoming plans to issue carbon emission limits for existing power plants (as opposed to new plants). The agency is expected to release a preliminary proposal in the summer of 2014. Read our comments to EPA here.
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) recently announced it is launching a national CCO certification program for Lift Directors.
The NCCCO defines a Lift Director as the person who "directly oversees the work being performed by a crane and the associated rigging crew."
The program is a result of over a year-and-a-half of work by an 18-member task force created by the NCCCO to address requests from various industry stakeholders. The certification is obtained through a written exam that includes a common core section and a secondary written section that covers specialty knowledge for either mobile crane operators or tower crane operators.
To find out more about the certification process and obtain a handbook, exam application, and reference materials visit - http://nccco.org/lift-director.
EPA last month released a revised proposed rule that sets carbon emission limits for new power plants. The revised proposed rule is very similar to the original proposal the EPA released last summer (you can read the comments TAUC submitted on that proposal by clicking here).
Originally, EPA proposed an emissions limit for new coal-fired plants of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour. The revised proposal increases that limit slightly to 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour. This is still well below the average of 1,800-1,900 pounds per megawatt hour that the most efficient coal plants emit. The agency argues that new coal plants could meet the new limit by installing carbon capture and storage systems, but critics say CCS is an extremely expensive and commercially unproven technology.
Jeff Krogen from Enterprise Fleet Management looks at the pros and cons of reimbursing employees on a per-mile basis versus investing in a company-owned fleet.
TAUC CEO Steve Lindauer and representatives from the tripartite community will be conducting a special panel session on the union construction industry at this year's CURT National Conference in Tucson, Ariz. on November 12.
The proposed rulemaking sets new exposure limits and outlines safety procedures to protect workers.
Michael Emmons of Enterprise Fleet Management passes along some valuable tips on proper truck fleet maintenance.
Contractors: if you have a vehicle fleet -- or even if your employees use their own vehicles for work -- you need to read this informative article from Enterprise Fleet Management on an often-overlooked safety danger.
High-profile lawyers from Patton Boggs and Ogletree Deakins join the firm.
Dave Shoop from Enterprise Fleet Management gives contractors some advice on how to handle aging vehicles.
If you are a union contractor that participates in a multiemployer plan the Affordable Care Act will have an impact on your business.
The April 13 deadline for a final version of the rule has been pushed back indefinitely, according to The Washington Post.
He succeeds James Williams, who retired at the end of March.
Over 20 class actions are in the works -- but it's not clear if the Department of Justice will get involved.
Current President Thom Sicklesteel of Sicklesteel Cranes has been elected to a further one-year term, along with other officers.
Check out this great presentation from the Construction Association of Michigan on the impact of the state's new right to work law on union construction.
Number of plans in red and yellow zones increased in 2012 compared to previous year; number in green zone decreased slightly.
In a statement, Solis says she will return to California and "begin a new future."
The agency said it will soon release a final rule in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Agency says the new program will offer an alternative way to resolve complaints.
Check out the latest additions to this important industry advisory committee.
Waugh takes over for Kevin Byrnes in Region V.
The EO is designed to spur investments in new industrial energy efficiency projects.
The criteria outlines how employers can be removed from the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).
Steve Usselmann of Enterprise Fleet Management offers some food for thought.
Check out the new video from the BCTD on Helmets to Hardhats, highlighting the organization's mission to provide union construction careers to returning veterans.
Both of the ALJs were previously with the Social Security Administration.
Reps from UA, Painters are among the new appointees.
The agency is looking for four new members; nomination deadline is Sept. 12.
The new video was prompted by the 2008 Bayer CropScience explosion in Institute, West Virginia.
OSHA is continuing its national outreach on heat-related health hazards.
The UA's Director of Trade Jurisdiction succeeds Brent Booker, who was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Building and Construction Trades Department.
The Canadian building trades alliance reaches a significant milestone in its history.
As we approach graduation season, Matt Stevens of the Stevens Construction Institute has some great advice for young people entering the profession.
Weren't able to make it to Hilton Head last week for TAUC's annual Leadership Conference? No problem -- click here for an update on what you missed!
The EPA's proposed rule could spell an end to new coal-fired power plants.
OSHIA, NIOSH and CPWR team up to launch a new initiative focusing on falls in construction.
Strategic partner NACBE recognizes Boilermakers, Fresh Meadow Power for safety and performance excellence
A quick summary of the major issues discussed at this year's National Issues Conference in Washington, D.C.
There are only a few days left to register for the NMAPC Zero Injury Safety Awards -- don't miss out on the most prestigious safety event in the union construction industry!
McGarvey was elected on April 16 to succeed the late Mark Ayers.
Click for more information and a link to the formal Request for Information issued by OSHA.
Contractors -- check out our summary of midstream infrastructure projects planned for Pennsylvania and surrounding areas!
Longtime IMPACT chief (and former TAUC executive) will be succeeded by Kevin Hilton.
TAUC members should be aware of the fact that OSHA is modifying its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
The petrochemical giant makes its long-awaited announcement about plans to build a new ethane cracker in the Appalachian region.
Congratulations to TAUC member Superior Construction for hitting a major safety record at BP Whiting!
The show, produced by Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg, will focus on the Teamsters Boston local, and producers say more union-focused reality shows are in the pipeline.
Article gives a comprehensive overview of construction training programs in the area
Matt Stevens, President of Stevens Construction Institute, has just released a new white paper to help contractors better deal with the economic downturn. Free download in PDF format.
Thought-provoking editorial on the hidden strength of unions, especially in the construction sector.
The industry group is urging Atlanta's mayor to crack down on the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.
Representatives from UA and the Laborers spoke with CNBC's Larry Kudlow about the economic importance of gaining approval for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
TAUC held its annual State of the Union Construction Industry Forum on Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C.
The NEP is designed to protect workers from releases of highly hazardous chemicals.
Unions called on the Administration to quickly approve the proposed pipeline link between Canada and the U.S.
The repeal frees contractors from a burdensome financial requirement that was set to go into effect in 2013.
The agency says the new program will help businesses correct problems with how workers are classified.
Erich Stafford, safety director for the Building Trades, takes over as chairman of OSHA's construction safety advisory committee.
The agency recently released several updated and new documents on various aspects of worker safety and health.
The publication of the revised rules represents a victory for contractors around the country.
Contractors and other stakeholders now have until Oct. 28 to submit comments.
The Construction User is TAUC's official magazine. Read by more than 8,000 construction industry professionals each quarter, our full-color publication gives readers a fresh and thought-provoking perspective on union construction and the issues contractors, labor and owner-clients face on a daily basis.
After declining in June, mass layoffs in the construction sector rose in July.
The free cell phone app is designed to help workers and supervisors become more informed about the dangers of heat-related illnesses on the job.
OSHA recognizes the company's Westlake facility for an excellent safety record.
A new report says CHP and other energy efficiency measures could make up for lost capacity if coal plants shutter due to stricter EPA regulations.
Bill Brown takes issue with U.S. senators' claims that a significant "skills gap" is preventing employers from hiring qualified workers.
The AEP chief made the comments at the 2011 COAL-GEN Conference in Columbus, OHio.
Steve Rank is the union's new Executive Director of Safety and Health.
In his new role, Haggerty will oversee operations in 13 states and the District of Columbia.
Latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show layoffs are down compared to last month (and last year).
AEP says IBEW's code was crucial to the success of a $1 billion scrubber project at a West Virginia plant.
New DOE report makes the case for expanding the use of combined heat and power at industrial facilities.
FASB voted for the final time July 27 to remove withdrawal liability reporting requirements from a new accounting standard for participants in multiemployer plans.
The New York Times reports on ICE's increased focus on I-9 violations, and why it's costing small businesses big money.
AEP says it's delaying carbon-capture plans due to climate policy uncertainty.
OSHA is set to increase its focus on the primary metals industry.
New deal expands Harsco's access to industrial maintenance and infrastructure markets.
The building trades are facing bleak prospects at the CBA negotiating table, according to a new report.