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Environment - Featured Headline
Nepal Limits Buildings to Two Stories in Reconstruction
05/20/15
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
04/22/15
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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