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CSLB Offers Resources to Help Licensees Stay On Top of Air and Water Regulations

SACRAMENTO -California's licensed contractors have a responsibility to follow a myriad of rules and regulations covering air and water quality. Staying on top of these regulations can be challenging.

Last month the California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved modifications to its 2007 off-road equipment regulations aimed at reducing toxic diesel emissions from 180,000 off-road vehicles, including tractors and bulldozers used in construction. The modifications will include credit for reduced activity and fleet size reduction, as well as delaying some of the deadlines from 2011 and 2012 until 2013.

The fines and penalties for not following these and other air and water regulations can be steep. For example, the fines imposed by the ARB can reach $10,000 per day, per vehicle. Violations of the State Water Board's General Construction Permit can add up to $27,500 per day.

Fortunately, there are two non-profit organizations that can assist contractors, equipment owners, and builders with these the complex rules and regulations: the Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition (CIAQC) and the Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality (CICWQ). These groups work to help make sure that any new regulations are both technologically sound and economically feasible.

Major funding for these two groups is provided by the Construction Industry Advancement Fund and the Fund for Construction Industry Advancement. To learn more and stay up-to-date on the latest rules and upcoming developments, visit www.ciaqc.com and www.cicwq.com.

In 2009, CSLB marks its 80th anniversary of protecting consumers by regulating California's construction industry. Today, CSLB licenses about 316,000 contractors. In any given year, complaints are filed against only 3% of licensed contractors. In fiscal year 2007-08, CSLB helped consumers recover $35.2 million in ordered restitution.

 

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