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EPA Rescinding Valid Clean Water Permits

A decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke a valid Clean Water Act (CWA) permit from a mining operation in West Virginia could have ripple effects on the ability of public agencies and private firms to deliver urgently-needed transportation-improvement projects for the nation, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) First Vice Chairman Nick Ivanoff, president and CEO of New York-based Ammann & Whitney, told members of Congress.

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U.S. Housing Starts Fall; Canadian Starts Up Slightly

Nationwide housing production fell 9.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000 units in June, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The drop was due primarily to a nearly 30 percent decline in the South. All other regions posted monthly gains.

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Congressional Action Needed for Proper Water Safeguards

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) has introduced Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078). This bipartisan legislation establishes safeguards that preserve important federal-state partnerships in protecting our nation’s waterways.

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Obama Launches Build America Investment Initiative

President Obama, speaking at the Port of Wilmington in front of the I-495 Bridge in Delaware, announced a new executive action to create the Build America Investment Initiative, a government-wide initiative to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth.

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Fever Runs High on Highway Trust Fund Issues

With the Highway Trust Fund scheduled to run out in less than two months, tempers flared over inaction on the issue. President Obama, giving a speech in Virginia, threatened to act independently, while literally every association with skin in the game signed a letter to Congress.

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