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09/18/2014Chinese Developer Defends Plan to Build Airport on Artificial Island

A senior executive involved with a project to build a new airport on an artificial island has defended the plan after residents and netizens questioned its legality and logic. Various feasibility studies have been completed for the ongoing construction work, and environmental protection was taken into account, Bai Guangyuan, deputy head of Dalian New Airport Construction Headquarters, told ...
09/18/2014Man Arrested on Suspicion of Arson in Out-of-control King Fire

Sept. 18--A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately starting the huge King fire in Northern California, which exploded in size overnight and now threatens thousands of homes, authorities confirmed Thursday. Wayne Huntsman was booked Wednesday on suspicion of arson and was being held in lieu of $10-million bail, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. He was ...
09/18/2014California Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency as Wildfires Rage

Sept. 18--California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes. The emergency declarations cover El Dorado and Siskiyou counties, which have been ravaged by the King and Boles fires, respectively. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday granted a ...
09/18/2014New Jersey Gets Nearly $1.5B for Transit Repairs

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority are getting nearly $1.5 billion to make repairs from Superstorm Sandy and to shield themselves from future storms. Most of the federal transportation dollars, nearly $1.3 billion, will go to NJ Transit to fund such projects as a new electrical grid that can keep trains moving during major power outages. The Port Authority will ...
09/18/2014Costs Increase by Nearly $1B for Salt Waste Facility at Savannah River Site

Sept. 18--The construction costs of a critical facility for liquid waste cleanup efforts at Savannah River Site has risen nearly $1 billion, according to an official at the South Carolina site. Latest projections from the U.S. Energy Department estimate the Salt Waste Processing Facility will cost $2.3 billion to build and start up -- an increase of $982.5 million from the project cost set in ...
09/18/2014Fort Lauderdale Airport's New $719M, 8,000-ft Runway Ready for Take Off

Sept. 18--After years of debate and millions of dollars of construction, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is opening its south runway Thursday, a move that Broward County officials expect will alleviate flight delays and bring more tourists to the area. The $719 million, 8,000-foot runway is the first phase of an expansion project aiming to ease crowds and update terminals for ...
09/16/2014China Offshore Rig Finds Gas in South China Sea After Vietnam Standoff

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday. The discovery by China National Offshore Oil Corp. was made about a month after its rig withdrew in July from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone to far ...
09/16/201467 South Africans Dead in Nigeria Building Collapse

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The death toll in the collapse of a building in Nigeria last week rose on Tuesday when the South African president said 67 South Africans died and dozens were injured in the accident. Separately, a Nigerian official said 63 bodies had been recovered at the site of the disaster in the city of Lagos, but it was not immediately clear whether the bodies were those of the ...
09/16/2014Mitsubishi To Build $600M Car Plant in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday it will build a new car factory in Indonesia as part of a plan to raise its production capacity in the country from 160,000 to 240,000 vehicles per year. Chief Executive Osamu Masuko said the Japanese automaker will invest $600 million in the assembly plant. He said construction is expected to begin in May next year in Bekasi, a ...
09/17/2014Miami Beach Prepares Stormwater Infrastructure for Extreme High Tides

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Climate change is not only already visible in iconic South Beach, but so is climate change adaptation, in the form of new storm water pumps meant to keep rising sea levels from swamping low-lying streets, city officials said Wednesday. Extreme high tides in the fall and spring push seawater up through aging infrastructure, flooding some Miami Beach streets with more ...
09/17/2014Texas Transmission Line Proposal Sparks High-Powered Dispute

Sept. 17--A battle is brewing between three Houston-based Fortune 500 companies -- and Texas electricity customers could be stuck in the middle. The Public Utility Commission of Texas may decide later this year whether to allow electric transmission company CenterPoint Energy to move forward with plans for a $590 million transmission line to Houston that the company says is critical to ...
09/16/2014Wynn's Planned $1.6B Resort Wins Boston Casino License

BOSTON (AP) — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project's economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which wants to turn a former chemical plant site on the Mystic River in ...
09/16/2014House Passes Bill Increasing Oversight of VA Hospital Construction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project. Republican congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado says the Veterans Affairs Department's oversight of construction projects is dysfunctional and ...
09/17/2014LAX Kicks Off $508M Renovation of Southwest Airlines Terminal

Sept. 17--The modernization of outdated terminals at Los Angeles International Airport forged ahead Tuesday as work began on a $508-million renovation of one of the busiest passenger facilities. City leaders and airport officials broke ground at Terminal 1, home to Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran Airways. Known for traffic congestion and long lines, the 30-year old facility ...
09/16/2014EPA Rejects N.Y. Gov. Cuomo's Tappan Zee Bridge Loan Proposal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday balked at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to use half a billion dollars in federal clean water loans to help finance the cost of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, instead approving only $29 million. Cuomo said his administration would appeal the decision, and stressed that the $3.9 billion bridge replacement project would continue with ...
09/16/2014Study: Casing Cracks, Not Fracking Process, To Blame for Gas in Water Wells

Sept. 16--A new analysis of stray methane in water wells identifies nearby gas wells as the likely culprit, but not the hydraulic fracturing of shale deep in the ground below. The study of water supplies in high-gas areas near drilling in Pennsylvania and Texas points to problems in the cement casings and spaces around pipes as the probable cause in the rare cases that gas gets into water ...
09/15/2014Corps Halts Review of Proposed Ore. Coal Export Terminal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has brought its review of a proposed coal export terminal to an immediate halt, a blow to the Australian company that's trying to get coal from the Northern Rockies to a hungry Asian market. Last month, Oregon state regulators rejected a proposed terminal on the Columbia River because it potentially would interfere with tribal fishing ...
09/16/2014Port of Anchorage Shifts Focus to Modernizing Infrastructure

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Port of Anchorage is turning its focus from expansion to modernization and efforts to improve existing infrastructure. Lower sections of the hollow steel posts beneath the wharf are covered in corrosion caused by bacteria, silt and salty water. Steel sleeves used to cover cracks and holes have begun corroding as well. Port Engineer Todd Cowles called this a ...
09/15/2014Egypt Raises $8.5B for Suez Canal Expansion

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's Central Bank said on Monday that it has raised $8.5 billion for the construction of an expansion of the Suez Canal by selling investment certificates. Hisham Ramez told Al-Hayat TV that the bank secured the funds in just eight days by selling non-tradable certificates with a maturity of five years at 12 percent interest to Egyptian nationals. He said that by ...
09/16/2014Sri Lanka Backs China's Maritime 'Silk Road' Plan, OKs $1.4B Port Project

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping won Sri Lanka's support Tuesday for a proposed maritime "Silk Road" linking China with Europe, and helped launch billion-dollar power plant and port city projects funded by his government. Xi, the first Chinese leader to visit Sri Lanka in 28 years, and President Mahinda Rajapaksa oversaw the signing of 27 agreements in areas, including ...
09/15/2014Three Wayne County Officials Indicted Over Stalled $300M Jail Project in Detroit

Sept. 15--A grand jury indicted three people in the investigation into the Wayne County Jail fiasco. Indicted are former chief financial officer Carla Sledge; Steven Collins, a top Wayne County lawyer; and former construction manager Anthony Parlovecchio. Sledge and Collins are both charged with misconduct in office, a 5-year felony and willful neglect of duty, a one-year misdemeanor. ...
09/14/2014Brazil To Build Giant Tower in Amazon to Monitor Climate

Rio De Janeiro: Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is a project of Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute, O Estado de Sao Paulo said. The tower, which will rise ...
09/15/2014Vermont Rail Upgrade Project Fails to Get TIGER Grant

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont Transportation Agency official said Monday he was disappointed the state didn't get a federal grant that would have helped complete an upgrade to the rail system between Rutland and Burlington, but officials remain committed to restoring passenger rail service to the route. The agency learned last week that their application for a transportation infrastructure ...
09/11/2014Amazon Files Plans to Build Two More Office Towers in Downtown Seattle

Sept. 11--Amazon submitted two different sets of plans to the city of Seattle to build two office towers that will fill a city block across from the three blocks already designated for 37- or 38-story buildings at its future high-rise campus in Denny Triangle. The property comprises the block bounded by Seventh and Eighth avenues and Bell and Blanchard streets. The buildings currently there ...
09/15/2014EPA Chief Pushes for Expanded Water Rules

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says she's not backing down on her agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy made the comments Monday during a visit to New Mexico. She stopped in ...

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