Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2014

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22 LC DBM I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 4 3 2 The Legal File Rulings, Regulations and Codes Affecting the Landscape Industry A new proposed rule by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers could signif- cantly afect profession- alsÕ ability to treat prop- erty near any water according to Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment, which rep- resents the pesticide and fer- tilizer industry. RISE contends that the rule would subject all waters to regulation, includ- ing man-made water bodies, golf course ponds, and ditches, would impact every pesticide and fer- tilizer application, and would require permits for profession- als, even on private property. OSHA is consider- ing a rule change that would low- er the permis- sible exposure limit, or PEL, of respirable crystal- line silica from 100 micrograms to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged over an eight- hour day. Earlier this spring, the Department of Justice increased the maximum penalties that can be assessed by the Civil Rights Division, includ- ing fnes levied under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The maximum fnes for frst time violations were raised from $55,000 to $75,000. Subsequent violations can now be up to $150,000. Public pools, playgrounds and other public spaces are subject to rules and ramifcations of the ADA. The International Code Council has ob- tained the help of the National Association of Homebuilders, and building systems group ASHRAE to develop the third update of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, an AN- SI-approved system for sustainable residential construction, develop- ment and remodeling. 022-023.indd 22 5/23/14 4:53 PM

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