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06/30/2015IOC Asks Tokyo to Finalize 2020 Olympic Stadium Plan by End of July

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has called on Tokyo to finalize a plan to build the main stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics before an IOC meeting in late July, Japan's Olympic minister said Tuesday. Toshiaki Endo, newly appointed minister in charge of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympics Games, said at a press conference that the IOC head made the request to former ...
06/30/2015Okla. Utilities Study Options After Supreme Court's Ruling on Mercury Emissions

June 30--Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities are studying their compliance options after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled narrowly against a regulation designed to cut mercury and other harmful emissions from coal plants. The high court said the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken compliance costs into account when it first decided to issue the Mercury and Air ...
06/30/2015Wis. High Court Upholds Rule Allowing Wind Farm Construction Without Extra Studies

June 30--The state Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the state Public Service Commission in a case involving rules the agency wrote to govern construction of wind farms in the state. In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld lower court rulings that determined a housing impact report did not need to be prepared before the PSC submitted its wind tower siting rules to the Legislature. State law ...
06/30/2015Spanish Firm's Acquisition Plan for Conn. Utility Faces Rejection by State Regulators

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — State regulators on Tuesday moved a step toward rejecting a plan by Spain's leading electricity and natural gas utility to buy the parent company of several local energy firms in a deal valued at up to $3 billion. The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority issued a draft decision saying that Spain's Iberdrola has not provided "any measurable or quantifiable ...
06/30/2015Shell Secures New Federal Authorization in Pursuit of Arctic Drilling

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell has secured another federal authorization as it pursues plans to drill exploration wells in the Arctic waters off the Alaska coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday issued a letter of authorization allowing for the possible harassment of polar bears and Pacific walrus incidental to Shell's drilling program work. Intentional harassment is not ...
06/30/2015Environmentalists Want California to Stop Offshore Fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill. State regulators this month approved nine permits for operator Thums Long Beach Co. for so-called fracking operations between August and December in Long Beach ...
06/30/2015Bulldozer Gets Buried in Sand at Gravel Site in Mass., Killing Worker

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Firefighters say a bulldozer has been buried by an "avalanche" of sand at a Massachusetts gravel site, killing a worker. Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz identifies the construction company worker killed Tuesday as 65-year-old Whitman resident Charles Pace. Plymouth fire Chief Edward Bradley says about 12 feet of sand fell on Pace and the bulldozer he was ...
06/29/201513 States Sue Over "Waters of the U.S." Definition

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the "Waters of the U.S." rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers is ...
06/29/2015Supreme Court Won't Hear BP Appeal Over Gulf Spill Settlement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear appeals from energy giants BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the owners of the blown-out Macondo well could not avoid federal fines for the spill by blaming another company's failed equipment. The companies had argued that the oil had not ...
06/28/2015FDOT Matching Grant Expected to Help Port Tampa Bay Expansion Project

June 28--TAMPA -- While Port Tampa Bay enjoys the largest land mass of any port in the state, it lacks the deep-water access needed for future business growth, its managers say. A project now in the works off the 22nd Street Causeway will help remedy that by deepening an industrial finger of Tampa Bay and creating new acreage with fill dirt to serve as an offloading site for big ships. It will ...
06/26/2015Indian Tribes Sue to Block Southern Calif. Solar Power Plant

A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in Californias Mojave Desert. The Colorado River Indian Tribes sued earlier this month after Riverside County supervisors approved the Blythe Mesa Solar Project, which would cover nearly six square miles. The suit contends officials violated California environmental laws by failing to properly disclose or take ...
06/29/2015Mo. Hospital To Break Ground on $135M Expansion

June 29--Mercy Hospital Jefferson will break ground Monday on a $135 million project that mainly focuses on adding a new three-story patient tower. The project will make way for all private rooms at the 251-bed facility in Crystal City. Construction will include reconstruction of the front of the hospital to improve patient and visitor access and other extensive remodeling, according to ...
06/29/2015Developer of $3.5B Bahamas Megaresort Files for Bankruptcy

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The developer of a roughly $3.5 billion hotel-and-casino megaresort project under construction in the Bahamas has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Baha Mar Ltd. announced Monday that the U.S. filings were being done "voluntarily" to hopefully complete construction and finally open the sprawling megaresort touted as the most expensive project ever undertaken ...
06/27/2015FPL: Two New Nuclear Reactors at Turkey Point Could Cost $20 Billion

June 27--While it might be difficult to grasp just how much $20 billion is, it's enough to buy 57 million Apple watches. It's also Florida Power & Light Co.'s new upper-end estimate of the cost of two new proposed nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point plant south of Miami. The new projected range of $13.7 billion to $20 billion, up 8.7 percent from $12.62 billion to $18.42 billion in 2014, was ...
06/26/2015Zoning Uncertainty Leaves $250M Miami Innovation Tower Project in Limbo

June 26--A city of Miami law allowing controversial billboard towers near Overtown is on the verge of being repealed, potentially throwing a developer's planned $250 million project --and possibly an entire 10-acre technology district -- into limbo. Miami commissioners on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a measure that would strike a section of the Miami 21 zoning code that allows for ...
06/28/2015Water Begins to Fill Massive Panama Canal Expansion Locks

June 28--Some 50,000 cubic meters of water per hour began to pour into the Panama Canal's new Atlantic locks earlier this month, a sign that the massive project to expand the waterway is reaching its final stages. It took five days to fill the Atlantic locks, and then the Panama Canal Authority began pumping water into the chambers of the 11-story locks on the Pacific side of the canal in ...
06/28/2015Navy Looks to Limit Construction and Development in Western Puget Sound

June 28--With little public outreach, the Navy has stealthily put thousands of acres of Puget Sound shoreline and upland off-limits to proposed and future development. Recently released documents reveal the Navy has marked a "sphere of influence" in the western Puget Sound that it can use to block developments -- even after they're well under way -- by deeming them threats to national ...
06/27/2015Popular Around the World, High-Speed Rail Remains Elusive in the U.S.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. Yet the U.S. has never built a single mile of high-speed rail, which is generally defined as accommodating trains ...
06/27/2015Caltrans Allocates $561M to 125 Transportation Projects Across California

June 27--In an effort to rebuild and maintain California's infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission has allocated $561 million to 125 transportation projects. The project awards include $20.8 million to widen Highway 99 in the Visalia area from four lanes to six. The projects will include $34,000 to install traffic signals at the intersection of Thorne and Clinton avenues in ...
06/26/2015Berkeley Balcony Collapse, Other Cases Spotlight Gap in Building Oversight

June 26--REPORTING FROM MILLBRAE, Calif. -- Two years after college students began moving into Berkeley's Library Gardens, a similar complex built by the same general contractor opened across the San Francisco Bay. Both low-rise complexes hug busy sidewalks, wrap around quiet courtyards and are bedecked with balconies. They also share a dangerous problem: dry rot, the predatory fungus that ...
06/24/2015L.A. Panel OKs $300M Academy Museum, Despite Objections

June 24--Unlike Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day," planners and backers of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be delighted if Wednesday is a repeat of Tuesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received a thumbs-up for its $300-million museum from the Los Angeles City Council's planning and land use management committee in a hearing Tuesday afternoon at City Hall. The full ...
06/25/2015Fla. Gov.'s Veto Slashes Funding for Flood-Control Projects in Miami Beach

June 25--Gov. Rick Scott's veto pen slashed funding for some Miami Beach priorities that include money for storm water pumps, an accessible beach and the Holocaust Memorial. While cutting a record $461 million from the state's $78.7 billion budget, Scott axed $750,000 budgeted for the Beach's storm water drainage plan to safeguard the city from sea-level rise. According to Scott's veto ...
06/24/20153M Buys Fall-Protection Gear Manufacturer Capital Safety for $2.5B

June 24--3M Co. on Tuesday announced its largest acquisition -- the $2.5 billion purchase of Bloomington-based Capital Safety, a maker of rugged harnesses and other safety equipment for workers in the construction, drilling and mining industries. The deal is nearly twice the size of the previous record acquisition for 3M, the Maplewood-based conglomerate best known for Scotch tape, Post-it ...
06/25/2015Va. OKs $2.5M Settlement With Duke Over 2014 Coal-Ash Spill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia agreed Thursday to a $2.5 million settlement with Duke Energy for a February 2014 spill of coal ash in North Carolina that floated down the Dan River, depositing tons of the toxic stew into the city of Danville's waterfront and beyond. Environmental and water protection groups seeking $50 million called the settlement meager, while state environmental officials ...
06/24/2015GOP-led Congress Prepared to Let Export-Import Bank Expire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are poised to deal a sharp blow to their traditional allies in the business community by allowing the federal Export-Import Bank to go out of business at the end of the month. But it may only be temporary. The 81-year-old bank is a little-known federal agency created during the Depression that makes and guarantees loans to help overseas buyers ...

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