The Transportation Construction Coalition* has written a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler to commend him for seeking “a path of cooperation with states on the issue of air quality planning.”

The letter also urges reconsideration of the practice of withholding—or threatening to withhold—essential federal highway funding to exact compliance from states.

Although sanctions are permissible in the Clean Air Act, the TCC partners note that many factors have changed since the early days of the Act. 

The Group asks the EPA to use that discretion now to give the State of California—and other states—time and support to reduce the backlog in state implementation plans and update their transportation conformity plans.

The letter also informs that the nation’s highway system is no longer in its prime and that improvements are not optional.  Click here to view the complete letter.

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* The Transportation Construction Coalition is a partnership of 31 national associations and construction unions representing hundreds of thousands of individuals with a direct market interest in federal transportation programs. TCC is comprised of the American Coal Ash Association; American Concrete Pavement Association; American Concrete Pipe Association; American Iron & Steel Institute; American Road & Transportation Builders Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Subcontractors Association; American Traffic Safety Services Association; Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association; Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association; Associated Equipment Distributors; Associated General Contractors of America; American Council of Engineering Companies; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron; International Slurry Surfacing Association; International Union of Operating Engineers; Laborers’ International Union of North America; Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust; National Asphalt Pavement Association; National Association of Surety Bond Producers; National Electrical Contractors Association; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; National Steel Bridge Alliance; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; National Utility Contractors Association; Portland Cement Association; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute; The Road Information Program; and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America.

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