On January 23, 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and US Army for Civil Work finalized and signed the repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The new rule is now known as “The Navigable Waters Protection Rule”, streamlining the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
A new Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Rule, which was to begin being enforced on June 23, 2016, has been postponed until September 23, 2017. This new rule significantly reduces the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for crystalline silica. The previous PEL was 250 micrograms per cubic meter for the construction industry and is now being