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OSHA continues silica rule compliance assistance for brief interim

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration outlined initial enforcement protocol of its revised standard, Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime, most provisions of became enforceable in June. The standard establishes a new eight-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit and action level, plus associated ancillary requirements.

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EPA questions cost-benefit analysis underpinning rules and regulations

Through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting input on whether and how to change the way it considers costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions, especially those linked to the Clean Air, Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts.

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Public, private stakeholders sketch Apprenticeship Expansion roadmap

The 20-member Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, representing business, labor, trade and industry groups, plus educational institutions and federal government agencies, offers actions and policy recommendations in a report presented to President Donald Trump.

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White House envisions shift of Corps functions to Transportation, Interior

As part of sweeping Executive Branch reform announced late last month, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposes to move Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works functions—coastal and inland commercial navigation programs; flood and storm damage reduction; and, aquatic ecosystem restoration—from the Department of Defense to the Departments of Transportation and Interior (DOT, DOI).

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Lawmakers deepen funding commitments in water infrastructure proposal

Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the respective chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and its Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, have introduced the $2.4 billion America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 with an eye to:

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