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John Deere on Final Tier 4/Stage IV Engine Technology Path

John Deere announced the continuation of its planned building-block approach to meet United States Final Tier 4 and European Union Stage IV emissions regulations. Final Tier 4/Stage IV regulations for off-highway diesel engines begin as early as 2013 for engines 55 kW (74 hp) and below.

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Guidelines for Responsible Quarrying Released

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released “Guidelines on Quarry Rehabilitation,” which provides practical guidance for managing the impacts of quarrying activities and ensuring that environments are properly reclaimed.

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ARTBA Outlines Vital Improvements for Wetlands Permitting

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) that the best way to reduce unnecessary regulatory red-tape on transportation projects is to improve the wetlands permitting process. ARTBA submitted comments to the Corps January 17 in response to a government-wide regulatory review initiated by President Obama in 2011, detailing specific recommendations to make wetlands permitting more efficient.

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ARTBA-Backed Wetlands Case Gets U.S. Supreme Court Hearing

ARTBA and other stakeholders are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) seemingly automatic presumption of the need for a wetlands permit on all needed infrastructure and residential improvements. The Court heard arguments in Sackett v. U.S. EPA, a case that could fundamentally alter how the agency administers its permitting program.

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