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09/29/2014Savannah River Site Begins Cleanup of Coal Ash Landfill

Sept. 29--Savannah River Site has started a new cleanup project to remove 1.3 million cubic yards of ash created by a former 1950s-era, coal-fired power plant. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the site's primary contractor, will perform the work to clean up an ash landfill and three basins fill with ash and water, according to a news release. The 90-acre site is located at SRS's D-area. ...
09/29/2014Work at Water Treatment Facility at Fukushima Plant Suspended Again

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Monday its trouble-plagued radioactive water treatment system at the complex has been partially suspended again. One of three treatment lines of the multinuclide removal facility was halted last week after Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, found water passing through it was getting cloudy. The line was ...
09/30/2014Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan for Nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million. The timeline and cost details were included in a recovery plan developed by the department over several ...
09/30/2014With Costs Up, Mayor Wants to Roll Back Seattle Waterfront Plan

Sept. 30--Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city should save money by scaling back its ambitious downtown waterfront-redevelopment plan -- including a proposed swimming-pool barge. In a presentation to the City Council on Monday, Murray staffers said cost estimates have gone up, and the plan would eat up about $200 million more than previously thought unless modifications are made. That's ...
09/30/2014L.A. Officials Nix Mandatory Helipad Rule for Downtown Towers

Sept. 30--For four decades, the Los Angeles skyline has been shaped by one rule: Every tall building must have an emergency helicopter landing pad on its roof. As a result, downtown became a thicket of flat-topped skyscrapers, to the chagrin of architects who yearned to imitate or outdo the pointed spires and slanted roofs of skylines around the world. Other big cities had no such regulation. ...
09/30/2014Regulators Grant Final Approval to Md. LNG Export Terminal Project

Sept. 30--Federal regulators approved Monday night plans for a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal that would be the closest one to the Marcellus Shale region. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued final approval for Dominion Resources' $3.8 billion Cove Point LNG project in Calvert County, Md. Construction to convert the existing import terminal into an export ...
09/30/2014Developer Secures $284M Construction Loan for Miami Condo Project

Sept. 30--Miami-based Fortune International Group closed on a $284-million construction loan from HSBC for Jade Signature condo project in Sunny Isles Beach. Fortune, which both develops condominiums and leads sales and marketing for other developers, said more than 80 percent of the units are under contract in the 57-story project at 16901 Collins Avenue. The 192-unit tower was designed by ...
09/28/2014Rise in Factory Construction Boosts U.S. Economy

After years of factory closings shrank the nation's industrial footprint, a miniboom in plant construction is beginning to reverse the trend and fuel faster economic growth.A 12.6% surge in spending on non-residential structures -- notably new and expanding factories -- was a big reason for last week's upward revision of second-quarter economic growth. The Commerce Department said the economy ...
09/27/2014VDOT Prioritization Program Reduces Funding for I-95 Projects

Sept. 27--Stafford County's planned State Route 630 interchange reconstruction isn't the only area project that lost millions of dollars as part of the state's new prioritization program. Four other region projects had a combined $69.9 million cut in the state's transportation budget as part of the program. Those projects will have to vie for money in the new program, which will rank projects ...
09/27/2014Nevada Overstating Economic Benefits of Tesla Gigafactory, Analysts Say

Sept. 27--When Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced a $1.3-billion package of public subsidies to lure a Tesla Motors battery factory, he stressed that the huge sum would be dwarfed by an economic windfall for local residents. The electric car maker will create $100 billion in economic benefits, he said, and "change Nevada forever." "Even the most skeptical economist would conclude that this ...
09/26/2014Bay Bridge Officials Concerned About Rod Corrosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water. Transportation officials said Thursday that inspectors last week discovered that several of the galvanized steel rods that anchor the 525-foot tower to its base had been sitting in water that could cause corrosion, ...
09/28/2014Wayne County Hopes to Restart Construction of Detroit Jail

Sept. 28--County officials have all but said restarting construction at the stalled Wayne County Jail site downtown is the best bet of several options for continuing the beleaguered project. Metro Detroit developers and real estate experts mostly agree, saying the infrastructure and other efficiencies afforded downtown easily make the case for the project continuing at the Gratiot site, just ...
09/28/2014Construction Continues at MOX Facility at Continuing Resolution Funding Levels

Sept. 28--The mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site has survived the most threatening push to halt construction in its tumultuous history, but the funding fight isn't finished for the multibillion-dollar government project. In March, the Obama administration called for an end to the project at the start of the 2015 fiscal year, which begins Wednesday. However, Congress' ...
09/26/2014DOE Gives Final Approval for 330-Mile Canada-NYC Transmission Line

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal energy regulators have given final approval for construction of a 330-mile electric transmission line to carry lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City. In a decision dated Wednesday, the Department of Energy said the permit requires some final concerns to be addressed by Albany-based Transmission Developers Inc. but otherwise clears the way for the ...
09/26/2014Plans to Reduce Air Pollution at Buffalo's Peace Bridge Include Fume-Absorbing Concrete

Sept. 26--Shrubs, trees and and fume-absorbing concrete are part of the Peace Bridge Authority's new plans to reduce air pollution that has infuriated West Side neighbors for decades. The bi-national board on Friday approved a $3 million plan to improve air quality and reduce the "carbon footprint" at the bridge. It intends to especially concentrate on cutting exhaust fumes plaguing the ...
09/27/2014$21M Unfrozen for Penn. School Construction

Sept. 27--State officials approved $21.6 million in long-delayed school construction money Friday, two years after the government froze the payment process for 360 projects statewide. The money, a small fraction of what the state owes, will fund buildings and renovations for 41 schools in 27 districts, including five in Western Pennsylvania. Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq said ...
09/26/2014Bids Due to Build SUNY Polytechnic Institute's $135M Chip Lab

Sept. 26--ALBANY -- SUNY Polytechnic Institute is moving quickly to build a $135 million silicon-carbide chip manufacturing laboratory that it announced over the summer. SUNY Poly, formerly known as the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, made plans for the new lab -- which will go into an existing building -- available earlier this week to architects and construction firms ...
09/28/2014Seattle Seawall Replacement Project To Close Waterfront Businesses

Sept. 28--The heart of Seattle's historic waterfront will shut down for nine months on Wednesday to make way for seawall replacement work. The construction -- stretching from the north side of the Seattle Ferry Terminal at Pier 52 to the south side of the Seattle Aquarium at Pier 59 -- won't require many detours. But it will result in the temporary closure of more than a dozen businesses on ...
09/26/2014Construction Set to Ramp Up at Buffalo's $750M RiverBend Complex Project

Sept. 26--With the SolarCity deal in place with the state, the real work can begin in earnest to turn the vacant RiverBend site in South Buffalo into one of the world's biggest solar panel factories. About 15 workers from the project's construction manager, LPCiminelli, and eight pieces of heavy equipment are working at the 88-acre site off South Park Avenue, mostly continuing with preliminary ...
09/26/2014Las Vegas Announces New Financing Plan for Proposed $200M Soccer Stadium

Sept. 26--Las Vegas officially unveiled a new financing plan tonight for a proposed $200 million downtown soccer stadium that would shift much of the project's risk to private developers. The major change will push $69 million in debt from the city to the development partnership of Findlay Sports and Entertainment and Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. Mayor Carolyn Goodman, a vocal advocate for the ...
09/25/2014Ohio DOT Ready to Begin Construction of $429M Bypass Project

Sept. 25--The Portsmouth Gateway Group is likely to build the largest single construction project the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has ever embarked upon. That is, as long as everything in the team's formal proposal checks out after a thorough review by ODOT over the coming weeks. The Portsmouth Gateway Group says it will cost about $429 million to construct the entire Portsmouth ...
09/25/2014UCSC Breaks Ground on $54M Biology Building

Sept. 25--SANTA CRUZ -- UC Santa Cruz broke ground on a $54 million biology building near the Long Marine Laboratory on Wednesday, the first project on UCSC's Coastal Long Range Development Plan. The plan, which includes a $6.8 million expansion of UCSC's marine mammal pools and a new wing for the Center of Ocean Health, was approved by the California Coastal Commission in 2009 after an ...
09/23/2014Univ. of Central Fla. Wants to Build $200M Campus in Downtown Orlando

Sept. 23--University of Central Florida President John Hitt made it official Tuesday, announcing to community and business leaders that UCF will push to build a campus in downtown Orlando that could ultimately cost as much as $200 million. UCF has been studying the idea of a downtown campus at the Creative Village -- where the city's old NBA arena used to sit -- since visiting Arizona State ...
09/25/2014$383M Light-Rail Extension South of SeaTac Airport Is Halfway There

Sept. 25--Tucked behind airport motels and a few old houses, a $383 million, 1.6-mile light-rail extension from SeaTac/Airport Station south to a future Angle Lake Station is halfway built. Columns have been installed near the airport, as aerial-track bridges take shape farther south. About 2,700 people per day are expected to board trains at Angle Lake Station, set to open in September 2016. ...
09/24/2014Judge Rules Businesses Won't Have to Return BP Oil Spill Payouts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must stand by the agreement it made with the companies it compensated for losses blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled nearly 800 businesses to overestimate their spill-related claims. One construction company ...

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