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05/06/2015Engineers Inspect Quake-damaged Homes in Nepal's Capital

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — More than a thousand engineers were checking damaged houses in Nepal's capital Wednesday and advising people about whether they are safe. About 13,000 families have requested inspections of their homes since the massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake near Kathmandu on April 25, Nepal Engineers Association General Secretary Kishore Kumar Jha said. More than 7,600 people died ...
05/06/2015Canadian Panel Backs Plan for Nuclear Waste Disposal Site Near Lake Huron

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian advisory panel Wednesday endorsed a fiercely debated plan to bury waste from nuclear power plants less than a mile from Lake Huron, saying it had concluded the project would pose no danger to the environment. The Joint Review Panel made its recommendation in a report to Canada's environment minister, Leona Aglukkaq, who is expected to render a decision ...
05/05/2015Feds Offer Exit Plan for Montana Town's Asbestos Cleanup

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal regulators' long-delayed clean-up for a Montana mining community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos contamination would leave some of the deadly material in the walls of houses, underground and elsewhere — stirring worries among residents about the possibility of future exposures. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plan released Tuesday for ...
05/06/2015Toledo Hospital To Add $350M Patient Tower

May 06--ProMedica Toledo Hospital is about to undergo a $350 million, three-year renovation that includes the construction of a new tower for patient rooms and converting the oldest building, which opened in 1930 on North Cove Boulevard, into office space. Construction on the new 615,000-square-foot addition, which will create a new grand entrance for the hospital on ProMedica Parkway, is ...
05/05/2015Major New Zealand Construction Firm Investigates Projects Over Faulty Concrete

Work on up to 35 residential and commercial projects will need to be redone after faulty concrete was supplied and used in building work.Firth, owned by Fletcher Building, has contacted customers after the company’s quality control testing programme at its Auckland plant found some concrete did not meet product specifications. The discovery was made last Tuesday.Around 35 customers, involved ...
05/06/2015Philly Orders Reinspections of Buildings Previously Examined by Uncertified Workers

May 06--The city has ordered the reinspections of scores of buildings that were originally examined by inexperienced and uncertified inspectors from the Department of Licenses and Inspections. The action comes after The Inquirer reported in March that L&I had sent out uncertified inspectors to conduct 600 inspections on buildings throughout the city that had been declared unsafe -- either ...
05/06/2015Ind. Gov. Pence Signs Bill Repealing State's Construction Wage Law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Local boards will no longer set minimum wages for public construction projects in Indiana under a law signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Mike Pence. The bill, which supporters acknowledged included minor drafting errors, will eliminate the boards that set what is known as the common construction wage that workers must be paid on most state or local government projects. ...
05/05/2015Small Robot to Enter No. 2 Reactor in Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

A new small robot will be used to inspect the condition of melted nuclear fuel at the second reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as early as this summer, marking the first full-scale probe since the disaster caused by the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami in 2011. The use of the robot, which is now being developed, will mark the initial step toward removal of the melted ...
05/05/2015Voters Reject Mich. Tax Increase to Pay for Road Work

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters were deciding Tuesday whether to approve higher taxes to improve the state's deteriorating roads and bridges. Proposal 1, a constitutional amendment subject to a statewide vote, would raise Michigan's 6 percent sales tax to 7 percent to trigger $1.3 billion more a year for highways, roads, bridges and public transit. Lawmakers put the measure on the ballot ...
05/05/2015Cutting of Overpass Barrier Seen as Possible Cause for Fatal Collapse in Wash.

May 05--A long horizontal cut along a state Route 410 overpass' railing may have been what caused the roughly 105-foot-long jersey barrier to fall during construction, killing a family of three April 13. Police reports detailing interviews with workers at the construction site indicate that cut may have been what went wrong and caused the railing to fall onto Angeline Road East below. The ...
05/04/2015Seattle Mayor: Port Needs New Permit for Arctic Oil-Drilling Fleet

SEATTLE (AP) — Mayor Ed Murray threw a wrench into plans for a 400-foot oil-drilling rig to arrive in Seattle when he announced Monday that the Port of Seattle can't host Shell's offshore Arctic fleet until it gets a new land-use permit. Royal Dutch Shell PLC has been planning to base its fleet — including a drill rig and two tug boats — at the port's Terminal 5 for six months each year, when ...
05/01/2015Xcel Energy Agrees to Buy and Complete N.D. Wind Farm Project

May 01--Xcel Energy Inc. is buying another large wind farm. The nation's most windpower-reliant utility said it will invest $300 million to purchase and complete a North Dakota wind farm under development by Edina-based Geronimo Energy. The deal, announced to investors and regulators on Thursday, salvages a project that might otherwise not be built because no wind energy company had stepped ...
05/05/2015Chinese Firm Constructs 57-Story Modular Building In 19 Days

A Chinese construction firm has built a 57-storey building in just 19 days. The Mini Sky City project in the Chinese city of Changsha was built at a rate of three floors a day. The 200-metre skyscraper contains 800 apartments as well as working space for 4,000 people. Wu Qiang, from the company behind the project - Broad Group - said the speed was possible because 90% of the components had ...
05/04/2015Charlotte Airport Kicks Off $2.5B, 10-Year Construction Program

May 04--Officials wrapped up an eight-year, $1.5 billion round of construction projects at Charlotte's airport Monday and promptly kicked off a 10-year, $2.5 billion program that will change the roadway passengers use, the terminal and the airfield itself. The new construction, starting with work on the airport's new, eight-lane road in front of the terminal this summer, will cause disruptions ...
05/01/2015Subcontractors Connected to Deadly Overpass Accident Removed From Wash. Project

May 01--Construction will resume Monday at the site of a sidewalk project on the state Route 410 overpass in Bonney Lake where a deadly accident occurred several weeks ago. In a statement released Friday night, the city also announced that the subcontractors involved in the accident that killed a family of three will be removed from the project. Josh and Vanessa Ellis were killed April 13, ...
05/01/2015Nepal Quake Could Have Been Much Worse, Says Structural Engineer Kit Miyamoto

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The structural engineer strides through Kathmandu's old city, past buildings reduced to rubble, buildings whose facades are cracked in dozens of places, like the fractured shell of a hardboiled egg. But it's the many buildings that made it unscathed through the earthquake that amaze Kit Miyamoto. "It could have been so much worse," said Miyamoto, head of a global ...
05/01/2015Wisconsin Regulators Approve Plans For $327M Power Line

May 01--American Transmission Co. received state approval Friday to build a $327 million power-line project in northeastern Wisconsin. The Pewaukee transmission-line utility sought the project as part of a series of reinforcements to the power grid in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula after a U.P. blackout in 2011. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Friday chose a ...
05/04/2015Transmission Project to Export Wyo. Wind Power to Calif. Clears Regulatory Hurdle

A planned 730-mile power line project to export Wyoming wind power to southern California has passed a significant regulatory milestone with the release of a federal environmental study. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday opened a 30-day period in which it will accept any protests against land-use changes for the TransWest Express project in the works since 2007. It remains difficult ...
05/02/2015Tensions Rise Over $2B Red River Flood-Control Project

May 02--Tensions are rising on both banks of the Red River over $2 billion flood control project that doesn't yet have Minnesota's blessing. The massive Fargo-Moorhead Diversion project is an ambitious plan to divert the flood-prone Red River away from Fargo, the economic hub for the whole region. A 36-mile ditch would channel floodwaters around Fargo, while a dam across the Red would back ...
05/03/2015200 Chinese Workers Stranded at Hydropower Project Site in Nepal Following Quake

KATHMANDU - Nearly 200 Chinese workers are still stranded but safe in Lamabagar Area's Upper Tamakoshi hydropower project construction site in Dolakha District, Central Nepal, eight days after a powerful earthquake struck the nation. The workers are from the Sinohydro Corporation Limited, a Chinese Company which is the contractor of civil construction works for the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower ...
05/02/2015Driver Dead, Three Construction Workers Hurt in Penn. Turnpike Crash

May 02--A driver was killed and three constriction workers injured in an early-morning accident on the Pa. Turnpike in Bucks County, according to multiple reports. The driver of the car, who has yet to be identified, crashed into a truck carrying the construction workers just before 6:00 a.m. on the eastbound lanes near the Bensalem interchange. The construction workers, contractors hired by ...
05/01/2015OSHA: Construction Workers in Confined Spaces to Come Under Protection Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction workers in confined spaces like manholes and tanks will come under a new federal rule intended to give them similar protections to workers in manufacturing and other industries. The rule is being issued by the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Officials say it will prevent about 800 serious injuries and deaths each year. It takes ...
05/01/2015Six Building-Trades Unions in Philly Agree to Lower Rate for Work in Suburbs

May 01--With construction going on around the city and building projects on the rise, six of Philadelphia's building-trades unions settled contracts Thursday designed to make them more marketable in the suburbs. "We are trying collectively to become more competitive in the counties," said Emily Bittenbender, chief executive of Bittenbender Construction L.P. and chairwoman of the General ...
04/29/2015Final, $815M Phase of R.I. Sewer Project OK'd

April 29--PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The biggest public works project in Rhode Island history is getting bigger. On Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners of the Narragansett Bay Commission voted to move ahead with an $815-million project that will become the third phase of a decades-long plan to contain and treat contaminated storm water that inundates century-old sewer systems in Providence, Pawtucket ...
05/01/2015Tesla Announces Batteries To Jump-Start Home Energy-Storage Industry

May 01--Having tackled electric cars and solar energy, Billionaire Elon Musk now wants to use technology from both industries to jump-start the energy storage business. Speaking to a crowd of about 1,000 Tesla fans at the automaker's design studio in Hawthorne, Musk outlined a vision of homes and business severing themselves from utility-controlled grids. "We are talking about trying to change ...

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