Construction contractors will have an easier time learning how to comply with federal and state environmental guidelines thanks to a new partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the private sector. The partnership between the Associated General Contractors of America, EPA , and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) has facilitated a significant upgrade to the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance website.

"Getting a construction project underway is challenging enough without having to figure out which environmental rules apply and how to comply with them," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America. "This newly revamped site will make it a lot easier for contractors to take the necessary steps to comply with all environmental regulations for their projects."

As part of the partnership, the construction association will help finance upgrades to the website, originally launched in the mid-2000s with AGC's assistance, designed to make it easier for contractors to comply with environmental regulations governing construction projects. As a result of the upgrade, contractors will now have comprehensive tools and the latest information on state and federal environmental requirements as well as green construction and environmental management programs. Topics include hazardous waste, stormwater protection, air emissions, and green building.

NCMS will continue as a managing partner for the new website, which can be found at EPA program office staff will also continue to review and contribute to the site. The construction association will provide relevant updates as well, and secure advertising revenue that will finance the continuous upgrades to the site and content.