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11/26/2014Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to EPA's Powerplant Rules

Nov. 26--The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a challenge brought by 21 states -- including Ohio and West Virginia -- and other opponents of federal regulations to cut toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants that are set to kick in next year. The court's decision to hear the argument that the Environmental Protection Agency did not consider the costs of the regulations ...
11/25/2014Natural Gas Buildup Likely Cause of Building Collapse on Chicago's South Side

Nov. 25--An explosion of built-up natural gas from a leak likely caused the collapse of a three-story condominium building in the Washington Park neighborhood over the weekend, the Chicago Fire Department determined Tuesday. Neighbors had described hearing a loud explosion before the 10-year-old frame apartment building collapsed about 7 p.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of South Calumet Avenue. ...
11/24/2014South Korea To Construct Four New Nuclear Power Plants by 2022

South Korea is planning to commence construction of two new nuclear power plants in 2017 followed by two more by 2022. The government has signed an agreement with the southern coastal county, Uljin, to build Shin Hanul No.3 and No.4 nuclear plants by 2022, reports Reuters. Located approximately 330km southeast of Seoul, the Uljin County currently has an existing nuclear power plant with six ...
11/26/2014Ill. Regulators Approve $2B, 500-mile Transmission Line for Wind Power

Nov. 26--A 500-mile transmission line designed to move wind-generated electric power from Iowa to Grundy County, Ill. can move forward, Illinois regulators decided Tuesday. The Illinois Commerce Commission voted 5-0 to allow Clean Line Energy Partners to build and operate the first merchant-owned electric transmission line in the state. The proposed $2 billion "Rock Island Clean Line" has the ...
11/24/2014China, Pakistan Ink $45B Infrastructure Deal

China has signed an agreement to build 45.6 billion dollars (USD) worth of infrastructure and energy projects in Pakistan over the next six years. The accord, dubbed the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC), was one of over 20 inked by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit to China earlier this month, Reuters reported on Friday. Under the CPEC agreement, Beijing has promised to ...
11/25/2014Report: Plant Vogtle Expansion Falling Further Behind Schedule

Nov. 25--Scheduling delays for two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle are worsening, according to a report from a state-hired construction monitor. William Jacobs, who monitors the Vogtle project for the Georgia Public Service Commission, wrote in a report released Monday that he thinks the new units will be delayed past their current forecasted completions of late 2017 and ...
11/24/2014Hotel Developer Plans 50-story Project in Downtown Seattle

Nov. 24--A San Francisco hotel developer proposes to build a 50-story hotel and residential tower on a parking lot at the downtown Seattle corner where the monorail crosses Stewart Street,according to plans filed with the city. A real-estate partnership controlled by Stanford Hotels Group paid $16.75 million last year to acquire the 12,960-square-foot lot at 1903 Fifth Ave. The group intends ...
11/22/2014Strong Quake in Western China Kills Two, Injures 54

BEIJING (AP) — A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, killing at least one person, injuring 15 others and causing at least two homes to collapse, officials and state media said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake had a depth of 14.6 kilometers (9 miles). It struck in the late afternoon about 30 kilometers (20 miles) ...
11/24/2014Nepal Approves 900-MW Hydropower Project by Indian Firm

Nepal's Cabinet late Monday night endorsed an Indian company's plan to build a 900 megawatt hydropower plant in the eastern part of the country with the bulk of the power generated to be exported to India, a Cabinet source said. The Arun III project, estimated to cost $1.04 billion, will be built by India's state-run Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. with power generation scheduled to start in ...
11/24/2014Construction Begins on 100-Story "Icicle Skyscraper" in Chengdu, China

Architectural firm Smith and Gill has begun construction of a 468-metre-high crystalline skyscraper in Chengdu, China. The Greenland Tower Chengdu was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill and is set to become the tallest building in southwestern China. According to the architects, the faceted-glass form of the office and hotel tower was "inspired by the unique ice mountain topography ...
11/22/2014Calif. High-Speed Rail Agency Issues RFQ for Kern County Route Segment

Nov. 22--The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Friday issued a request for qualifications to contractors that might be interested in building Construction Package 4, a 30-mile stretch of the bullet-train route through Kern County northwest of Bakersfield. The request represents a pre-screening step that will eventually lead to establishing a short list of contractor teams that will be ...
11/22/2014College in Ohio Building Indoor Drone-testing Pavilion

CINCINNATI (AP) — An indoor flying pavilion for students to test and fly drones will be built at a college in southwestern Ohio. Sinclair Community College officials say the 40-foot high pavilion resembling a traditional aircraft hangar will be built adjacent to a building in Dayton that houses some of its education and training programs in unmanned aerial systems and aviation. The indoor ...
11/24/2014U.S. Steel To Build New Headquarters in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — United States Steel Corp. announced Monday it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site by the NHL's Penguins. Company, team, local and state officials made the announcement at the Consol Energy Center, the hockey arena which opened in 2010 across the street from the site where a team-controlled ...
11/24/2014Florida Leads Nation in New Construction Jobs

Nov. 24--Florida led the nation in new construction jobs in October, adding 10.4 percent, or 40,100 jobs since the year before, according to the state. The swell in construction jobs was particularly evident in South Florida. Miami-Dade County had the biggest growth, 12.3 percent or 4,400 new jobs. Palm Beach County was up 7.6 percent, with 2,100 more construction jobs, and Broward added 1,700 ...
11/20/2014Massive Miami Marine Stadium Rehabilitation Plan Crumbles

Nov. 20--A $121-million plan to rehabilitate the iconic Miami Marine Stadium and turn the surrounding area into a maritime complex, announced amidst much hoopla only last week, crumbled Thursday after Miami officials balked at a privately funded proposal and indicated they'd rather pursue their own plan -- even if it means spending millions in public dollars. City commissioners could have ...
11/20/2014Tampa Int'l Airport Breaks Ground on $1B Expansion

Nov. 20--TAMPA -- A well-tilled box of soil took center stage atop the economy parking lot at Tampa International Airport Thursday as aviation officials, politicians and local economic gurus celebrated the largest expansion in the airport's history. With construction set to begin in just a few short days on a $1 billion expansion at the airport, CEO Joe Lopano couldn't wipe the grin off his ...
11/21/2014Sound Transit To Seek New Tax, Fees to Extend Seattle's Light-Rail Routes

Nov. 21--Citing popular demand, Sound Transit's governing board Thursday unanimously voted to seek a new sales tax, a new car-tab fee and/or a new property tax. Next, the agency will ask the Legislature for authorization before sending a proposal to the November 2016 ballot in urban Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. "I think we have a wonderful story to tell the Legislature," said board ...
11/23/2014Cal-OSHA Issues Fine for Deadly Winters Crane Accident

Nov. 23--The state division of Occupational Safety and Health fined Disney Construction of Burlingame $106,110 last week for "serious violations" that led to the deaths of two workers on May 30 in a horrific crane accident. The workers plunged 80 feet to their deaths from a platform being hoisted by a crane as part of a bridge-building project in Winters. An investigation by Cal-OSHA found the ...
11/23/2014Fort Drum Now Powered by 60-MW Biomass Plant in Renewable Energy Push

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division. The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It's the first green ...
11/21/2014BLM Rejects Application for Mojave Desert Solar Power Project

Nov. 21--The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company's application to build a controversial renewable energy facility in the Mojave Desert's remote Silurian Valley, deciding the sprawling project "would not be in the public interest." The closely watched decision is considered a bellwether for how the federal agency will handle future requests to develop renewable energy ...
11/20/2014Pennsylvania Turnpike Defendants Plead Guilty, Avoid Prison

Nov. 20--Former Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Joe Brimmeier of Ross and the agency's former chief operating officer pleaded guilty Thursday to felony conflict of interest charges in a deal that will keep the men out of prison. The plea deal ends the state's high-profile "pay-to-play" case, which saw charges brought against eight former turnpike officials and vendors and an ...
11/19/2014Former Oil Worker in N.D. Files Lawsuit Over Misclassification

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota oil patch worker says his former employer misclassified him and other employees as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and employee benefits. Matthew Ross is seeking class action status for his lawsuit against Williston-based Baha Petroleum Consulting Corp., which he filed this week. He says that during the two years working for the company, he and ...
11/20/2014AECOM's URS Acquisition ­Creates Conflict on Honolulu Rail Project

Nov. 20--A global engineering and design firm that holds three Oahu rail project contracts has purchased a rival company that holds the contract to oversee the design firm's work, forcing city officials to look at ways to resolve an apparent conflict of interest. Dan Grabauskas, executive director for the Honolulu Authority for Rail Transit, detailed the situation after being questioned by ...
11/20/2014China Railway Awarded $11.97B Nigeria Rail Contract

China has signed an $11.97 billion contract to build over 1,400 kilometers of rail along the coast of Nigeria, state media said Thursday. The project, which will be carried out by state-owned China Railway Construction Corp., is China's single biggest overseas contract, according to Xinhua News Agency. The new line on which trains will travel at 120 km per hour, will link the western ...
11/20/2014N.Y. State's $5B Surplus May Fund Construction Projects

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As government problems go, it's not a bad one to have: How should New York spend a $5 billion surplus? The options are all big-ticket items. The $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. Schools. Upgrades to New York City subways. Statewide broadband access. Highways, water and sewer projects. The money comes from big settlements with banks and insurance companies like ...

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