Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, issued the following statement in response to an Associated Press story filed yesterday noting the geographic distribution of transportation funds as part of the stimulus:
The occupational safety, health and environmental practitioner members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) elected new members recently to its board of directors including those from Missouri, Michigan and California, according to an ASSE news release.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), hundreds of billions of federal dollars will be disseminated to employers across the country for various infrastructure and industrial growth projects, according to a posting on OSHA’s web site.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified today before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on her agency’s $10.5 billion budget request for fiscal year 2010. Here are excerpts from her prepared remarks:
With summer and the high costs of cooling right around the corner, EPA is offering advice to help Americans reduce both energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions by one third through Energy Star. The energy used in an average home costs more than $2,200 a year and contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than a typical car.
There is a direct connection between climate change and human health, and legislation introduced yesterday will greatly help to better understand and minimize the growing health threats associated with a warming climate, said the American Public Health Association (APHA) in a recent press release.
Construction companies nationwide are reporting that the stimulus bill passed last February is making it possible to hire new workers, according to information gathered by the Associated General Contractors of America. The early information provides the first glimpse into how federally funded infrastructure and construction projects can help improve overall economic conditions, the association added.
National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker praised the Florida legislature and Governor for passing Senate Bill 344, a primary seatbelt law which requires all vehicle occupants to wear a seatbelt, according to an NTSB press release. This change in Florida’s seatbelt law, from a secondary enforcement law, allows law enforcement officers to stop vehicles and issue a ticket when motor vehicle occupants do not wear a seatbelt although no other offense has been committed.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB),
the probable cause of a midair collision between two
emergency medical service (EMS) helicopters last year was
that both pilots failed to see and avoid the other
helicopter on approach to the helipad. Contributing to the
accident were the failure of one of the pilots to follow
arrival and noise abatement guidelines and the failure of
the other pilot to follow communications guidelines.