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EPA Endangerment Finding Will Delay Construction Activity, Undermine Economic Recovery and Push Construction Unemployment Above Current 19.4 Rate, Top Construction Official Says

Stephen E. Sandherr, the chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, issued the following statement today in response to the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency that Greenhouse Gas Emissions Endanger Public Health:

"While the construction industry fully supports measures to improve our environment, the reality is today's EPA announcement will only make it harder to build the greener future our planet needs and our children deserve. Every single construction project in America is now likely to be put on standby until federal bureaucrats decide whether to grant Clean Air Act permits, making it even harder to construct efficient new buildings, cut polluting traffic or retrofit existing, inefficient buildings.

At a time when the government is investing billions in construction activity to rebuild our economy, this decision will undermine the stimulus, cost thousands of construction workers their jobs and stifle economic growth for decades to come. The association and its 33,000 member companies urge the Administration to rethink its misguided approach and plan to work closely with Congress to overturn this disastrous decision."

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