As the dust begins to settle on the energy bill passed late last year, provisions that had previously escaped scrutiny are now raising eyebrows. On the CCS front, these include a little-noticed requirement that all laborers and mechanics employed during construction of a CCS project funded through the bill's provisions be paid "wages at rates not less than the prevailing wages for similar construction activities in the locality, as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with sections 3141 through 3144, 3146 and 3147 of title 40, United States Code." These statutory provisions, referred to as the Davis-Bacon requirements, are generally favored by labor unions as mechanisms to ensure that government-funded projects do not pay below going union wages in areas with abundant union jobs. They have been hotly opposed by the administration in the past; indeed, prior to the bill's passage the administration had threatened a veto if Davis-Bacon requirements were included. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also opposed such requirements as unnecessarily increasing costs and decreasing availability of jobs for smaller and minority-owned companies.