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10/01/2014Nuclear Supplier Agrees to Changes After Cheating Accusations

ATLANTA (AP) — A manufacturer making parts for two nuclear plants in the Southeast has promised to better train its employees after investigators accused three workers of cheating on a qualification test four years ago. Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. agreed in a settlement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to strengthen its warnings against misconduct for workers at its Lake Charles, ...
09/30/2014Metro Breaks Ground on Key Downtown L.A. Subway Link

Sept. 30--Transportation officials Tuesday cheered the start of construction for a subway project designed to close a frustrating gap in Los Angeles County's growing rail network. During a symbolic groundbreaking in Little Tokyo, local and federal representatives touted the 1.9-mile, $1.4-billion Downtown Regional Connector's potential to help unite a sprawling and congested region. The subway ...
09/22/2014Port Authority to Spend $356M on Jersey City Global Terminal Rail System

Anew system to move shipping containers by rail is coming to Jersey City's Global Terminal under a $356 million project by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The project, approved last week at the agency's board meeting, will redevelop what's known as Greenville Yard with a new ExpressRail facility, according to a Port Authority news release. The facility will allow the adjacent ...
10/01/2014Mich. DOT To Replace Southfield Freeway Pedestrian Bridge Destroyed in Truck Crash

Oct. 01--The state will replace a pedestrian bridge over the Southfield Freeway that was destroyed in a truck crash that killed a driver for a waste disposal company, but it's unclear when, the Michigan Department of Transportation confirmed today. MDOT is working to estimate damage and cleanup costs, and no figures were available Tuesday, according to spokeswoman Diane Cross. "MDOT will be ...
10/01/2014Former Ironworkers Business Agent in Philly Pleads Guilty to Arson, Extortion

Oct. 01--A union leader painted in court filings as the man at the center of much of the corruption within Ironworkers Local 401 admitted his role Tuesday in the group's long-standing efforts to maintain its grip on city construction jobs through violence and intimidation. Prosecutors described Edward Sweeney, the union's one-time business agent overseeing work in Philadelphia, as "one of the ...
10/01/2014Saudi Overhaul Reshapes Skyline of Islam's Holiest City Mecca

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene desert mountains where the Prophet Muhammad once walked. Now the market and the homes are gone. ...
09/29/2014Savannah River Site Begins Cleanup of Coal Ash Landfill

Sept. 29--Savannah River Site has started a new cleanup project to remove 1.3 million cubic yards of ash created by a former 1950s-era, coal-fired power plant. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the site's primary contractor, will perform the work to clean up an ash landfill and three basins fill with ash and water, according to a news release. The 90-acre site is located at SRS's D-area. ...
09/29/2014Work at Water Treatment Facility at Fukushima Plant Suspended Again

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Monday its trouble-plagued radioactive water treatment system at the complex has been partially suspended again. One of three treatment lines of the multinuclide removal facility was halted last week after Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, found water passing through it was getting cloudy. The line was ...
09/30/2014Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan for Nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million. The timeline and cost details were included in a recovery plan developed by the department over several ...
09/30/2014With Costs Up, Mayor Wants to Roll Back Seattle Waterfront Plan

Sept. 30--Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city should save money by scaling back its ambitious downtown waterfront-redevelopment plan -- including a proposed swimming-pool barge. In a presentation to the City Council on Monday, Murray staffers said cost estimates have gone up, and the plan would eat up about $200 million more than previously thought unless modifications are made. That's ...
09/30/2014L.A. Officials Nix Mandatory Helipad Rule for Downtown Towers

Sept. 30--For four decades, the Los Angeles skyline has been shaped by one rule: Every tall building must have an emergency helicopter landing pad on its roof. As a result, downtown became a thicket of flat-topped skyscrapers, to the chagrin of architects who yearned to imitate or outdo the pointed spires and slanted roofs of skylines around the world. Other big cities had no such regulation. ...
09/30/2014Regulators Grant Final Approval to Md. LNG Export Terminal Project

Sept. 30--Federal regulators approved Monday night plans for a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal that would be the closest one to the Marcellus Shale region. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued final approval for Dominion Resources' $3.8 billion Cove Point LNG project in Calvert County, Md. Construction to convert the existing import terminal into an export ...
09/30/2014Developer Secures $284M Construction Loan for Miami Condo Project

Sept. 30--Miami-based Fortune International Group closed on a $284-million construction loan from HSBC for Jade Signature condo project in Sunny Isles Beach. Fortune, which both develops condominiums and leads sales and marketing for other developers, said more than 80 percent of the units are under contract in the 57-story project at 16901 Collins Avenue. The 192-unit tower was designed by ...
09/28/2014Rise in Factory Construction Boosts U.S. Economy

After years of factory closings shrank the nation's industrial footprint, a miniboom in plant construction is beginning to reverse the trend and fuel faster economic growth.A 12.6% surge in spending on non-residential structures -- notably new and expanding factories -- was a big reason for last week's upward revision of second-quarter economic growth. The Commerce Department said the economy ...
09/27/2014VDOT Prioritization Program Reduces Funding for I-95 Projects

Sept. 27--Stafford County's planned State Route 630 interchange reconstruction isn't the only area project that lost millions of dollars as part of the state's new prioritization program. Four other region projects had a combined $69.9 million cut in the state's transportation budget as part of the program. Those projects will have to vie for money in the new program, which will rank projects ...
09/27/2014Nevada Overstating Economic Benefits of Tesla Gigafactory, Analysts Say

Sept. 27--When Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced a $1.3-billion package of public subsidies to lure a Tesla Motors battery factory, he stressed that the huge sum would be dwarfed by an economic windfall for local residents. The electric car maker will create $100 billion in economic benefits, he said, and "change Nevada forever." "Even the most skeptical economist would conclude that this ...
09/26/2014Bay Bridge Officials Concerned About Rod Corrosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water. Transportation officials said Thursday that inspectors last week discovered that several of the galvanized steel rods that anchor the 525-foot tower to its base had been sitting in water that could cause corrosion, ...
09/28/2014Wayne County Hopes to Restart Construction of Detroit Jail

Sept. 28--County officials have all but said restarting construction at the stalled Wayne County Jail site downtown is the best bet of several options for continuing the beleaguered project. Metro Detroit developers and real estate experts mostly agree, saying the infrastructure and other efficiencies afforded downtown easily make the case for the project continuing at the Gratiot site, just ...
09/28/2014Construction Continues at MOX Facility at Continuing Resolution Funding Levels

Sept. 28--The mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site has survived the most threatening push to halt construction in its tumultuous history, but the funding fight isn't finished for the multibillion-dollar government project. In March, the Obama administration called for an end to the project at the start of the 2015 fiscal year, which begins Wednesday. However, Congress' ...
09/26/2014DOE Gives Final Approval for 330-Mile Canada-NYC Transmission Line

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal energy regulators have given final approval for construction of a 330-mile electric transmission line to carry lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City. In a decision dated Wednesday, the Department of Energy said the permit requires some final concerns to be addressed by Albany-based Transmission Developers Inc. but otherwise clears the way for the ...
09/26/2014Plans to Reduce Air Pollution at Buffalo's Peace Bridge Include Fume-Absorbing Concrete

Sept. 26--Shrubs, trees and and fume-absorbing concrete are part of the Peace Bridge Authority's new plans to reduce air pollution that has infuriated West Side neighbors for decades. The bi-national board on Friday approved a $3 million plan to improve air quality and reduce the "carbon footprint" at the bridge. It intends to especially concentrate on cutting exhaust fumes plaguing the ...
09/27/2014$21M Unfrozen for Penn. School Construction

Sept. 27--State officials approved $21.6 million in long-delayed school construction money Friday, two years after the government froze the payment process for 360 projects statewide. The money, a small fraction of what the state owes, will fund buildings and renovations for 41 schools in 27 districts, including five in Western Pennsylvania. Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq said ...
09/26/2014Bids Due to Build SUNY Polytechnic Institute's $135M Chip Lab

Sept. 26--ALBANY -- SUNY Polytechnic Institute is moving quickly to build a $135 million silicon-carbide chip manufacturing laboratory that it announced over the summer. SUNY Poly, formerly known as the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, made plans for the new lab -- which will go into an existing building -- available earlier this week to architects and construction firms ...
09/28/2014Seattle Seawall Replacement Project To Close Waterfront Businesses

Sept. 28--The heart of Seattle's historic waterfront will shut down for nine months on Wednesday to make way for seawall replacement work. The construction -- stretching from the north side of the Seattle Ferry Terminal at Pier 52 to the south side of the Seattle Aquarium at Pier 59 -- won't require many detours. But it will result in the temporary closure of more than a dozen businesses on ...
09/26/2014Construction Set to Ramp Up at Buffalo's $750M RiverBend Complex Project

Sept. 26--With the SolarCity deal in place with the state, the real work can begin in earnest to turn the vacant RiverBend site in South Buffalo into one of the world's biggest solar panel factories. About 15 workers from the project's construction manager, LPCiminelli, and eight pieces of heavy equipment are working at the 88-acre site off South Park Avenue, mostly continuing with preliminary ...

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