Washington Column

California Air Resources Board Advances Zero-Emission Initiatives

Environmental initiatives have long been a focal point for the state of California. Leveraging its unique position under the Clean Air Act, which allows the state to request a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement emissions regulations exceeding federal standards, California continues to push ambitious environmental policy. This year’s efforts include two […]

Biden Administration Updates Its Regulatory Plan for the Remainder of 2023

On June 13, 2023, the Biden administration released its Spring 2023 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, providing a detailed glimpse into the regulatory and deregulatory activities under development across approximately 67 federal departments, agencies and commissions. These semi-annual regulatory agendas report on the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and […]

TCIA Calls for Congress to Address Nation’s Broken Immigration System

Immigration policy has been a long-standing topic of discussion within political and social circles in the United States. The complexity and intensity of the debates often mirror the vast array of interests and opinions involved. In the current climate, both comprehensive and piecemeal immigration reforms are under consideration. Although comprehensive immigration reform seems a distant […]

OSHA Targets Tree Care to Reduce Fall-Related Incidents

On May 1, 2023, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) initiated a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to decrease fall-related injuries and fatalities across all work-at-height industries, including tree care. The NEP is based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, which reveals that falls continue to be the leading cause of severe injuries […]

Lawmakers to Revisit the Farm Bill in the 118th Congress

One of the top priorities for the 118th Congress is the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. For tree care providers and vegetation management contractors, policymakers’ efforts to address challenges facing the nation’s forests and outside stakeholders’ support for pesticide preemption are likely to have direct impact on company operations. The multi-year Farm Bill, evaluated every […]

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