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  • Last week, Canada imposed retaliatory tariffs on several products manufactured in the United States, including a 10 percent tariff on aluminum doors, door thresholds and windows. These tariffs were issued in response to the tariffs on steel and aluminum imposed by the United States, which were recently expanded to include Canada and Mexico. Canada has stated that these tariffs will remain in... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency determined that, based on conclusions from a review required by Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, it will not amend the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. In the review results, published by the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, the EPA recognized some issues with the RRP Rule, including the lack of a commercially... more »
  • The U.S. Green Building Council announced significant streamlining for all LEED prerequisites and some credits for California projects that are pursuing certification under LEED v4. New projects built to California’s energy and green building codes (CALGreen) are pre-approved for significant streamlining of fundamental LEED requirements.   “In the case of CALGreen, LEED is able... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that six lead paint enforcement actions—for a combined total of $287,000 in settlements—were completed over the past year in California and Arizona.   The companies that made settlements allegedly failed to comply with federal regulations requiring them to protect the public from exposure to lead. In addition to the penalties,... more »
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a reminder for employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2017. Each year, between Feb. 1 and April 30, the 300A form must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and... more »
  • San Francisco's federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals directed the Environmental Protection Agency to update its regulations defining lead-based paint and how much lead in dust represents a hazard. The court gave EPA 90 days to issue a proposed rule and one year to publish a final rule with an option to convince the court that it needs additional time. The court said the agency had unreasonably... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application until midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. OSHA will only enforce action against those employers who submit their reports after the Dec. 31, 2017 final entry date, rather than the original Dec. 15, 2017 deadline. Starting Jan. 1, 2018,... more »
  • The United States International Trade Commission ruled that the U.S. lumber industry was injured by Canadian softwood lumber imports, thereby upholding the substantial duties on the product from Canada. The National Association of Home Builders responded, indicating that the organization is not satisfied with the ruling. “We are disappointed by the ITC ruling and believe this is a... more »
  • The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on draft language that would make several changes to the Energy Star program, including moving the program back to the Department of Energy, subjecting the program to federal rulemaking requirements and providing liability protections for program participants. The Window & Door Manufacturers Association reports the hearing... more »
  • The Trump Administration, House Committee on Ways and Means, and Senate Committee on Finance released an outline of priorities for reforming the tax code. Titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the tax bill addresses corporate taxes, individual rates and the mortgage interest deduction. The proposed legislation permanently lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. Individuals would... more »