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Environment - Featured Headline
UK Utility Awards Contracts on $3.5-Billion London Sewer Upgrade
03/03/15
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.

Thames Water


'Flawed Design' Caused Failure of Mount Polley Mine's Earthen Dam, Say Investigators
02/26/15
Tailings pond design did not account for the geological formations beneath it.

Photo Courtesy of Imperial Metals

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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.
02/18/15 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
07/23/14 Coal Plant Carbon-Capture Tech Looking for Scale

System to capture 90% of carbon at a Texas coal unit seen as a possible model for industry­—if it works.
07/02/14 Everglades Progress Report Shows Modest Improvements

National Research Council says climate change is next challenge to South Florida water quality.
06/25/14 New Jersey Landfill Mired in Turmoil

Solar facility plans abandoned after a reopened landfill’s stench sickens citizens nearby.
06/13/14 London Water Utility Seeks Investors for $7-Billion Sewer Overflow Fix

Infrastructure Provider will be required to invest around $1.7 billion in equity and raise the balance in loans
06/11/14 Manhattan's Storm-Protection Plan Intended as Global Urban Model

BIG U scheme’s first phase is a $335-million earth berm, two miles long, that doubles as public parkland.
06/04/14 EPA Proposes Emissions Rule For Existing Coal Powerplants

A proposed EPA rule calls for a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030.
06/04/14 DOE: Nuclear Agency's Initial OK of MOX Project Violated Standards

An audit by the Dept. of Energy finds that the National Nuclear Security Administration violated agency principles when it initially approved the multi-billion-dollar project for construction.
06/04/14 Flash Flood Roils Utah Oil Spill Cleanup

Well owner, BLM and Utah officials are able to provide few specifics on the extent and damage of an oil spill in the Green River Basin.
06/04/14 Duke Energy Starts Ash Cleanup as N.C. Considers Tighter Regs

Gov. McCrory wants the state to close 33 coal ash-ponds, but Duke Energy says that could cost $10 billion.
05/19/14 African Development Bank Sets Up Green-Fund Conduit

The African Climate Change Fund is intended to provide access to capital for various green projects on the continent.
05/14/14 Chernobyl Costs Rising as New Structure Cap Takes Shape

?With radiation still leaking from the stricken nuclear plant, a new cap takes place amid rising political turmoil.
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