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Environment - Featured Headline
Katrina Spawns a Decade of Flood Protection Design and Construction
08/24/15
Hurricane Katrina kicked off 10 years of flood protection work in lower Louisiana. Is it enough?

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Key Everglades Reservoir Project To Begin This Summer
07/15/15
Everglades restoration reached a new milestone with two recent developments in the plan for water storage.

Photo Courtesy of SFWMD

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08/25/15 Funding Shortfall Threatens Construction of MOX Fuels Plant, DOE Report Says

Analysis released by outside group cites gap of hundreds of millions of dollars, and says there are “no obvious silver bullets” to reduce the nuclear fuel plant's costs.
08/25/15 Design Competition Winners Share Ideas for Saving Louisiana Coast

Proposals will be used to inform management scheme for Lower Mississippi River, state authorities say.
08/20/15 Lots of Animus From Animas Spill

Colorado gold-mine blowout generates pointed questions about EPA's program management.
07/15/15 BP Settlement Will Speed Up Projects

States with areas damaged by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill expect an infusion of cash, but not immediately.
06/30/15 Construction Week: Houston Sited for Spaceport; Boston Revises Olympic Bid

Houston airport selected by FAA for spaceport; Boston 2024 unveils revised plan to host Olympics.
06/24/15 More Groundwater Contamination Near Duke Energy Plant

Duke Energy to close plant’s coal ash storage basins and build new landfill.
06/17/15 Envision Tool Moves Project Sustainability Beyond Buildings

More infrastructure owners, designers and builders such as on Florida's $2.3-billion I-4 upgrade are turning to new analysis to build projects right and build the 'right project.'
06/04/15 Texas, Oklahoma Cleaning Up As May's Floodwaters Recede

Texas and Oklahoma were declared disaster areas after record rainfalls in May caused widespread destruction.
06/04/15 EPA Study: Fracking in U.S. Not Harmful to Drinking Water

Study bolsters industry assertions that fracking is safe, but environmental groups disagree.
06/04/15 New Federal Water Rule May Face a Court Challenge

EPA-Corps final regulation aims to clear up confusion over scope of federal construction permitting.
06/03/15 Construction Week: Calif. Wastewater Job Gets Record $1.6B EPA Loan; La. OKs $884M in Gulf Funds

Louisiana legislators approve $884M for Gulf Coast restoration
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.
05/20/15 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.
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.
04/22/15 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.
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.
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