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09/22/2014Ground Broken for New $1.3B Arkansas Steel Mill

OSCEOLA, Ark. (AP) — Officials broke ground Monday on a $1.3 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas that's being touted as a boon to the economically struggling Delta region and the largest single private investment in Arkansas' history. The ceremony at the Big River Steel site marks the beginning of work for the state's first "superproject" under a 2004 amendment that allows Arkansas to ...
09/22/2014Miami Is Betting Big That Expansion of Panama Canal Will Bring in Megaships

Sept. 22--After a work stoppage earlier this year, the Panama Canal expansion is back on an around-the-clock schedule. Twelve of the 16 gates required to build new 11-story locks have arrived from Italy and much of the concrete for the massive walls has been poured. "We are full-speed ahead right now -- finally," said Ilya Espino de Marotta, executive vice president for engineering and ...
09/22/2014Feds Give SEPTA $87M to Repair, Protect Philadelphia-area Rail Infrastructure

Sept. 22--The Obama administration has given SEPTA $87 million to protect transit properties from future storms, officials said Monday. The $86.7 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration's emergency relief program will be used for seven projects: Railroad embankment and slope stabilization, $18.7 million. To stablize and harden slopes along a series of 19th century railroad cuts ...
09/23/2014Construction Begins on New Solar Panel Factory in Buffalo, N.Y.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The head of a solar power company and New York's governor have broken ground for a new factory at the site of a former steel mill in Buffalo. At a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, they said manufacturing solar panels could begin in 2016, and the project should create about 1,500 factory jobs and employ more than 2,000 others statewide in the next five years providing ...
09/23/2014U.S., California Release Roadmap for Solar Projects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals. "We have amazingly special ...
09/22/2014Former South Florida Mayor Took Illegal Gig as Consultant for Construction Project

Sept. 22--Jurors will soon decide the fate of the former Homestead mayor accused of landing a secret and illegal gig as a consultant for a company needing government approval for a construction project. Lawyers on Monday morning presented their closing arguments in the case of Steven Bateman, who is facing two felony counts of illegal compensation for taking a job with Community Health of ...
09/23/2014Wind Power Project Proposed to Supply Power to Los Angeles Area

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An $8 billion project to supply the Los Angeles area with large amounts of electricity from a wind farm in Wyoming via an energy storage facility in Utah was proposed Tuesday by four companies. The Wyoming and Utah sites would be linked by a $2.6 billion, 525-mile transmission line that would traverse Colorado, and the power would be sent on to California through an ...
09/22/2014Indiana Toll Road Operator Files for Bankruptcy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge and creditors will have to decide who runs the Indiana Toll Road after the highway's private operator filed for bankruptcy protection, formally acknowledging that it couldn't afford the debt from the multibillion deal to take over the highway. Chicago-based ITR Concession Co. submitted its federal bankruptcy court filing late Sunday. In it, the company said it ...
09/22/2014PennDOT To Award Bulk Bridge-Building P3 Contracts

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is preparing to choose a private-sector team to replace at least 558 ailing state bridges and maintain them for 25 years as part of an innovative public-private partnership, an official said Monday. The Rapid Bridge Replacement initiative bundles the replacement of bridges that are in poor condition into a single contract. ...
09/22/2014Illinois' Locks, Dams in Urgent Need of Repair, Says Ill. Chamber of Commerce

Sept. 22--Illinois needs more federal money to make urgent repairs to the state's aging dams and locks, according to an Illinois Chamber of Commerce report being released Monday. "Billions of dollars in coal for power plants, grain, road salt, construction material, petroleum products and chemicals are shipped to Illinois and Chicago on the waterways each year, supporting thousands of jobs in ...
09/22/2014Mexican Government Defends Airport Project Amid Opposition Criticism

Mexico City, Sep 22 (EFE).- The future Mexico City airport will promote urban renewal and boost real estate values in the area where the facility will be located, the Office of the President said in a statement Monday.The statement comes just days after the opposition made its first critical comments about the project.The new Mexico City International Airport "will be, based on its magnitude, ...
09/20/2014Despite Some Progress, Radioactive Water Problems Still Plague Fukushima Cleanup

Sept. 20--More than three years since it was crippled by a megaquake, tsunami and triple core meltdown, the Fukushima No. 1 power plant is still bleeding tons of toxic radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. Since the crisis in 2011, the water solution that saved eastern Japan from nuclear calamity has developed into a wider problem that is stoking public concern about seafood safety and ...
09/22/2014Hill International To Move HQ From N.J. to Philadelphia

Sept. 22--Hill International is moving its headquarters from Marlton to Center City Philadelphia, Gov. Corbett announced today. Pennsylvania is offering Hill, a construction management and consulting firm, $1.7 million in incentives through three programs to relocate its headquarters and bring 222 jobs to Center City.. The company, with 4,400 employees worldwide already has a Philadelphia ...
09/19/2014725-Mile Power Line Project Draws Skeptics in N.J.

Sept. 19--Proponents of a massive upgrade to the regional power grid say it could eventually lead to lower electric rates for customers in New Jersey, though others say it comes with serious environmental costs. PPL Corp., an electric distribution company, has proposed stringing a regional transmission line for 725 miles across northern Pennsylvania to bring electricity into New Jersey, New ...
09/19/2014Tappan Zee Bridge Funding Plan Subject of Probe by State Agency

Sept. 19--ALBANY -- A low-profile state board is embarked on one of its highest-profile cases as it examines how federal clean water funds were earmarked by the Cuomo administration for construction of the new $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge. The state Authorities Budget Office has begun interviews with officials from the state Environmental Facilities Corp. over its June approval of $511 ...
09/22/2014Workers Who Built Original Plant Vogtle Reactors Return for Expansion Project

Sept. 22--It's deja vu for a seasoned group of workers at Plant Vogtle. Some veterans of the nuclear industry were at the site south of Augusta to see the complex network of rebar and concrete rising out of the ground in the 1970s and '80s. Now, they are witnesses as the next two reactors take shape at the commercial nuclear site near Waynesboro, Ga. Some things never change at Plant Vogtle, ...
09/19/2014Feds Award $55.3M in Loan Guarantees for 22 Solar Projects in N.C.

Sept. 19--RALEIGH -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's list of North Carolina solar power projects to be backed by federal loan guarantees ranges from easy-to-miss small rooftop panels to huge industrial solar farms visible from a distance. A total of 22 solar projects in the state will be backed by $55.3 million in federal loan guarantees, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced ...
09/20/2014Milwaukee To Continue Focus on Aging Infrastructure in 2015, Says Mayor

Sept. 20--The City of Milwaukee's preliminary 2015 budget will continue a decadelong emphasis on steadily rebuilding the city's aging core infrastructure of sewers, streets, bridges and street lighting, Mayor Tom Barrett said. This network of public works, along with water mains, extends into each corner of the city, but it is easy for everyone to ignore it all through the course of a day, ...
09/19/2014China Plans to Build World's Largest Supercollider

Sept. 19--BEIJING, China -- Chinese scientists are racing to complete plans for a supergiant particle collider that, when built, will dwarf every other accelerator on the planet. The underground particle-smashing ring aims to be at least twice the size of the globe's current leading collider -- the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) outside Geneva. With a circumference of 80 kilometres, the Chinese ...
09/19/2014Nepal Clears Indian Firm GMR to Build $1.15B Hydropower Plant

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government signed an agreement Friday with Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydroelectric plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment. The $1.15 billion Upper Karnali Hydro power plant would be the biggest private foreign investment in Nepal, putting India ahead of northern neighbor China, ...
09/18/2014Chinese Developer Defends Plan to Build Airport on Artificial Island

A senior executive involved with a project to build a new airport on an artificial island has defended the plan after residents and netizens questioned its legality and logic. Various feasibility studies have been completed for the ongoing construction work, and environmental protection was taken into account, Bai Guangyuan, deputy head of Dalian New Airport Construction Headquarters, told ...
09/18/2014Man Arrested on Suspicion of Arson in Out-of-Control King Fire in Northern Calif.

Sept. 18--A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately starting the huge King fire in Northern California, which exploded in size overnight and now threatens thousands of homes, authorities confirmed Thursday. Wayne Huntsman was booked Wednesday on suspicion of arson and was being held in lieu of $10-million bail, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. He was ...
09/18/2014California Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency as Wildfires Rage

Sept. 18--California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes. The emergency declarations cover El Dorado and Siskiyou counties, which have been ravaged by the King and Boles fires, respectively. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday granted a ...
09/18/2014New Jersey Gets Nearly $1.5B for Transit Repairs

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority are getting nearly $1.5 billion to make repairs from Superstorm Sandy and to shield themselves from future storms. Most of the federal transportation dollars, nearly $1.3 billion, will go to NJ Transit to fund such projects as a new electrical grid that can keep trains moving during major power outages. The Port Authority will ...
09/18/2014Costs Increase by Nearly $1B for Salt Waste Facility at Savannah River Site

Sept. 18--The construction costs of a critical facility for liquid waste cleanup efforts at Savannah River Site has risen nearly $1 billion, according to an official at the South Carolina site. Latest projections from the U.S. Energy Department estimate the Salt Waste Processing Facility will cost $2.3 billion to build and start up -- an increase of $982.5 million from the project cost set in ...

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