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Environment - Featured Headline
Nepal Limits Buildings to Two Stories in Reconstruction
Equipmaker JCB has donated more than $1.2 million of machines to assist military-led relief efforts, but monsoons expected by June will complicate efforts.

India Army photos

British Columbia Planning Major Mining Operations, Despite Mount Polley Tailings Pond Blowout
After Mount Polley blowout, Alaskans fear environmental risks from larger Canadian mining operations planned in upland watersheds.

Photo Courtesy Imperial Metals Corp.

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05/27/15 Santa Barbara Spill Operator Chided for Claim That Cause Will Take Months To Determine

“It’s not rocket science,” says energy consulting company president.
05/27/15 Federal Government Approves DC Water's Green Infrastructure Plan

Agency reaches a deal with EPA and the Dept. of Justuice to eliminate an underground stormwater and sewer overflow tunnel in facvor of roof gardens and porous surfaces.
05/19/15 Climate Change Expected To Impact Bangladesh's Infrastructure Severely

Comments by a leading engineer on the expected impact of climate change on Bangladesh.
05/14/15 Duke Energy Fined $102M for Clean Water Act Violations

As part of the settlement, the utility will pay $68 million in fines, and will fund $34 million in environmental mitigation programs.
05/12/15 Funding Questions Dog Some N.J. Post-Sandy Measures

New Jersey is the only state in the Northeast without a climate adaptation plan.
05/01/15 Oklahoma, Texas Suggest Frack-water Disposal Link to Earthquakes

Two oil and gas stronghold states, alarmed by recent seismic activity spikes, are stepping up scrutiny of fracking operations.
04/27/15 Global Teams Mobilize to Assess Damage in Nepal

Early disaster recovery teams are already on the ground in Katmandu to find survivors and assess damage from Nepal's devastating quake.
04/08/15 Do All Old Oil and Gas Lines Need Pressure Testing?

Billions of dollars of maintenance and construction work could be needed if new regulations are adopted.
04/08/15 DOE, Senators Move Forward on Radioactive Waste Solution

Advocates hopeful that current logjam will be broken.
03/10/15 ExxonMobil Legacy Site Cleanup Pact in N.J. Leaves a New Mess

State legislators intervene in opposition to reduced liability settlement with firm for long-term natural resource damages at refinery sites.
03/03/15 UK Utility Awards Contracts on $3.5-Billion London Sewer Upgrade

Set to become the country's largest water infrastructure program, the effort will clean up combined sewer overflows that date back to the Victorian era.
02/26/15 New York City Moves Forward With Plans to Defend Against Climate Change

Recently released report predicts city’s temperature, precipitation and sea level rise through 2100
02/26/15 Leaders Cite Positive Actions to Address Climate Change

Movement on a variety of fronts, but there is still a long way to go, conference speakers say.
02/26/15 'Flawed Design' Caused Failure of Mount Polley Mine's Earthen Dam, Say Investigators

Tailings pond design did not account for the geological formations beneath it.
02/18/15 Karst-borne Sinkholes Add Element of Structural Risk for Owners and Builders

Water-soluble rock can cause houses to sink or roads to buckle overnight.
01/26/15 Crews Battle Ice To Clean Up Yellowstone River Oil Spill

Sonar testing shows pipeline was one ft above riverbed, not 8-ft beneath as shown earlier.
01/21/15 DOE Outlines Some Potential Project Management Reforms

Departmental working group identified areas for improvement
01/21/15 Regulation of Methane Emissions is in the Works

But Critics say the industry is already reducing emissions of the greenhouse gas.
01/14/15 Wastewater Nutrient Recovery Scales Up at Planned Edmonton Facility

Project will produce 10,000 kilograms per day of plant fertilizer from biosolids phosphorus and nitrogen.
12/30/14 Clean Air Regulations Were Big Washington Focus in 2014

The Obama Administration push to curb greenhouse gas emissions through regulation will be a key focus next year for the now Republican controlled Congress.
12/23/14 Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State

The governor's decision was both praised by environmental groups and largely criticized by those in favor of fracking as a way to revive economically depressed areas.
11/25/14 NJDEP Erred in Landfill Seizure, Appeals Court Rules

The agency did not secure judicial or authority nor test for contaminants before seizing the project, the court found.
11/11/14 Global Infrastructure is Focus of First US, China-Sponsored Meeting

American Society of Civil Engineers and Tianjin University convene experts on sustainable engineering and construction.
11/05/14 Boston Kicks Off Design Competition To Prepare for Rising Tides

In addition to the design competition, Mayor Walsh announces a regional climate-change summit for next spring
11/05/14 New York State Flood-Recovery Projects Move Forward

Governor’s report outlines progress, including 600 upcoming community resilience projects.
10/06/14 Rains Prevent King Fire From Damaging Power, Water Infrastructure

After destroying multiple structures, the King Fire in California is 90% contained after rains assist firefighters’ efforts.
10/02/14 B.C. Tailings Dam Spillage Bigger Than Initial Estimates

Mount Polley spill fallout triggers inspections inspections at nearly 100 tailings ponds and calls for more inspectors.
09/24/14 Construction Week: Thousands March In NYC For Climate Change Cause; N.Y., N.J. Get FTA Sandy Funds

Thousands rally in New York City urging action on climate change, while the FTA awards the bulk of it's post-Sandy funding to New York and New Jersey.
09/24/14 Studies Find No Link Between Fracking, Water Contamination

But faulty drilling and construction of wells could cause environmental problems.
09/03/14 Picking Up Good Vibrations From Napa Post-Quake Report

Warning system worked, schools and other structures built to stricter seismic codes fared well in Aug. 24 temblor.
08/18/14 Mount Polley Dam Failure Raises Bar for Pebble Mine Backers

Pebble Mine would be 10 times bigger than Mount Polley, with proportionately larger tailings impoundments.
08/18/14 Canadians Evaluating Damages From Massive Tailings Pond Failure

Imperial Mines has set aside $100 million in bonds to cover cleanup costs and ceased operations at the Mount Polley mine.
08/18/14 The Nature Conservancy: Finding a Sustainable Bottom Line in Nature

Wise Water Resource Development Seen As Economic Driver
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