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02/25/2015Looking to Improve Water Infrastructure, Rio Officials Probe Fish Die-Off in Olympic Waters

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics. The dead twaite shad, small whitish gray fish, were discovered Tuesday by inspectors conducting routine water testing in Rio's sewage- and trash-filled ...
02/24/2015Chicago Bridge & Iron Tops 4Q Profit Forecasts

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. (CBI) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $150.4 million. On a per-share basis, the The Hague, Netherlands-based company said it had profit of $1.37. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.47 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment ...
02/25/2015First Section of New $330M Seawall in Seattle Taking Shape

Feb. 25--Seattle's $330 million replacement seawall is taking shape -- and local fish are taking notice. Workers have completed the first section of the wall, including a migratory corridor for juvenile salmon that will eventually run the entire length of the downtown waterfront. The finished section sits between South Washington Street and Yesler Way, near the Colman Dock ferry terminal at ...
02/26/2015Fight Over Planned Minneapolis Light Rail Project Shifts to Federal Court

Feb. 26--The battle over the biggest public transit project in Minnesota history shifted Wednesday to a federal courtroom in Minneapolis, where attorneys fought over whether it was too soon for a lawsuit from critics of the proposed route of the Southwest light rail. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim said he'll rule as soon as possible on a motion by attorneys for the Met Council and Federal ...
02/24/2015Cambodia PM Says Work on Mega-Dam Will Not Start Until 2018

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Construction of a massive dam in southwestern Cambodia will not start until at least 2018, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday, in an apparent effort to stop heavy opposition to the project which has focused criticism on him. Hun Sen's comments came a day after Spanish activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, who had campaigned against the dam, was deported for overstaying ...
02/25/2015Haiti Welcomes Completion of $45M Marriott Hotel Project

Feb. 25--Three years after encouraging one of the Caribbean's largest private employers to go into the hotel business to help bring much-needed jobs and tourism to a destitute Haiti, former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Tuesday welcomed Haiti's first Marriott, calling it one of the best hotels in the country. "I want to thank Marriott for more than the hotel, more than the jobs, more than the ...
02/23/2015Orlando International Unveils Finance Plan for $1.3B Overhaul

Feb. 23--Orlando International Airport has the financing in place for the $1.3 billion expansion that is just getting underway. The work also sets the stage for the eventual construction of a second passenger terminal a mile south of the existing one. The construction, at its peak, should create as many as 300 temporary jobs. There is no projection for permanent employment at the facilities ...
02/24/2015Whistleblowers, Activists Call for Federal Probe Into Peace Bridge Road Project

Feb. 24--WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C.-based whistleblowers group and neighborhood activists near the Peace Bridge are seeking a federal investigation of the state's project to improve highway access at the span, accusing the Cuomo administration official in charge of the project of ignoring a key environmental law -- and committing a criminal offense by misleading the public about it. In ...
02/24/2015President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he'll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate about environmental ...
02/23/2015Indiana House Passes Repeal of Public Construction Wage Law

Feb. 23--INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana House on Monday passed with a 55-41 vote a repeal of an 80-year-old state law that serves as a way to set wages for public construction projects. Supporters of the proposed repeal of the common construction wage argued allowing the free market to dictate wages for public projects would offer protection to taxpayers. But opponents say doing away with the ...
02/24/2015Rio Backpedals on Some Planned Infrastructure Projects as Olympics Approach

As International Olympic Committee inspectors arrived this week for a three-day visit ahead of the 2016 Olympics here, they were likely greeted with a potent reminder of the ground the city still needs to cover: the famous stench of the Guanabara Bay that follows guests from the international airport through the city's historical port zone.The gray-green body of water that forms the eastern ...
02/24/2015Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval Signs Construction Defect Bill

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill Tuesday aimed at curbing frivolous lawsuits over construction defects after the measure passed through the Republican-controlled Legislature along party lines. The Republican governor said AB125, which was sponsored by Republican Assemblyman Ira Hansen, incorporated ideas that had been discussed for more than a decade. "During ...
02/23/2015Trial Continues Over Defective Polymer Decking on Wash. Bridge

Feb. 23--The jury trial continues Monday in the Multnomah County lawsuit against the companies that installed faulty decking on the Morrison Bridge. Millions of dollars are at stake as county officials and their consultants research the cost of replacing the polymer decking installed in March 2012. The decking was guaranteed to last "75-100 years," said Ken Huntley, a county structural ...
02/20/2015Rio Olympics Will Be Ready, Though Many Loose Ends Remain

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — No one seriously questions any more whether Rio de Janeiro will be ready for the 2016 Olympics. A year ago, an International Olympic Committee vice president called Rio's preparations the "worst" in memory. But since then, work has accelerated as Brazil builds sports arenas, transportation links and hotels. U.S. network NBC is already airing spots with the headline: "Rio ...
02/20/2015ISA To Build Colombia's Largest Power-Transmission Project

Bogota, Feb 20 (EFE).- Colombian utility ISA said it has been awarded a contract to design, build, operate and maintain substations and power lines linking the town of Ituango and the metropolis of Medellin, a transmission project covering a distance of 530 kilometers (330 miles) that is the Andean nation's largest.The project, awarded by the Mines and Energy Ministry's Mining and Energy ...
02/23/2015Full Environmental Review Ordered for Shell Oil-by-Rail Project in Wash.

SEATTLE (AP) — A Skagit County hearing examiner handed conservation groups a victory Monday, ruling that an oil-by-rail project at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery near Anacortes should undergo a full environmental review. "Shell's proposal is a major action significantly affecting the quality of the environment," and a full review should be prepared, Skagit County Hearing Examiner Wick Dufford ...
02/23/2015NRC to Inspect Construction at VC Summer Nuclear Plant After Accident

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A special inspection is underway after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina, federal regulators said Monday. In a news release, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its representatives are launching a special inspection this week at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest of Columbia. Earlier this ...
02/22/2015Cheap Natural Gas Might Doom Proposed Mich. Nuke Plant Project

Feb. 22--Federal regulators are close to approving construction of Michigan's first new nuclear power reactor in more than a quarter century, although it's an open question if it will ever get built. The proposed new reactor, named Fermi 3, would sit next to DTE Energy's currently-operating Fermi 2 nuclear plant on Lake Erie near Monroe, about 30 miles south of Detroit. It also would neighbor ...
02/22/2015DOT Study: Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail at 10 a Year

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. The projection comes from a previously unreported analysis by the Department of ...
02/20/2015Still Unclear What Caused Blast at California Refinery

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A California oil refinery unit that was damaged by an explosion was already offline for unplanned maintenance when the fire occurred, industry analysts said Thursday. The so-called fluid catalytic cracker unit refines gasoline and is critical to producing California-grade fuel. The unit had been offline for two days because of problems when a different piece of ...
02/20/2015Caltrans: Corrosion Found in Anchor Rod in New Bay Bridge

Feb. 20--OAKLAND -- Microscopic corrosion has been found in a steel anchor rod in the $6.4 billion new east span of the Bay Bridge, Caltrans reported Friday. The corrosion doesn't undermine the safety of the heavily used bridge, officials said, but it leaves another headache to be resolved before Caltrans can accept the project from the contractor as complete. The bridge opened to auto traffic ...
02/21/2015Fire Races Up Dubai's 86-story Torch Tower, No Fatalities Reported

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the world's tallest residential towers caught fire early Saturday in Dubai's Marina district, sending hundreds of residents pouring into the streets as bright yellow flames raged several stories high. No one was reported killed. The fire broke out at about 2 a.m. in the 86-story Torch tower on the northeast end of the densely populated waterfront ...
02/21/2015Calif. Says Carson Site Ready for Construction of NFL Stadium

Feb. 21--For decades, the expanse of empty acreage hugging the 405 Freeway in Carson had been eyed as an ideal location for a shopping mall, homes, a hotel, some combination of those three -- or even an NFL stadium. But there was always one overriding problem: The parcel sat on a gaseous stew of pollutants, the poisoned legacy of its previous life as a landfill. Now, however, as the San Diego ...
02/20/2015Audit Faults Mich. DOT Oversight of Flawed Road Projects

Feb. 20--LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Transportation's monitoring of road warranties -- intended to hold contractors responsible for poor work -- is ineffective because the department doesn't properly inspect and follow up on the completed projects and make sure contractors correct deficiencies, Auditor General Doug Ringler said in a report released today. "Our review ... identified ...
02/18/2015Virginia Transportation Board Approves Scaled-Back Route 460 Project

Feb. 18--RICHMOND -- The Commonwealth Transportation Board signed off Wednesday on a scaled-down plan for U.S. 460 and picked a contractor for phase one of Interstate 64's widening. That widening, from Jefferson Avenue to Yorktown Road, will begin in the coming months, though a start date hasn't been set. The plan is to finish construction by December 2017. Shirley Contracting Co., of Lorton, ...

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