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05/26/2015DOE, EPA, Reach Deal on Hanford Site Cleanup Project

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to clean up a radioactive basin on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site, two federal agencies said Tuesday. The deal about the K West Basin was reached between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, which owns Hanford. The settlement stems from the ...
05/26/2015Hawaii Gov.: $1.4B Telescope Can Continue, But Changes Needed

HONOLULU (AP) — A project to build a giant telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea has the right to move forward, but Hawaii has failed the mountain in many ways, Gov. David Ige said Tuesday. Amid protests and arrests of opponents blocking construction workers from accessing the site, construction has been halted since last month on the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope. Ige said it's up to ...
05/26/2015Southern Co. Loses Backer on Delayed $6.2B Miss. Coal-fired Power Plant

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) has lost a backer on its delayed $6.2 billion coal-fired power plant in Kemper County, Miss. - and has notified regulators in that state it may have to raise customer rates by 41 percent to pay for the project, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. The integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project was originally estimated to cost $5 billion. The project is ...
05/25/2015Saudi Arabia To Build World's Largest Hotel in Mecca

It is scheduled to open its doors in 2017. The estimated cost of the mammoth project is $3.5 billion. Saudi Arabia plans on building the world's largest hotel by room count in the world in Islam's holiest city, Mecca. The new complex is aimed at accommodating the large crowds of Muslim pilgrims who descend on Mecca to visit the holy sites. According to the architectural design firm Dar ...
05/19/2015Seattle Tunnel Partners Cited for Violations Related to Injury-Causing Falls

Seattle Tunnel Partners was cited for safety violations and fined $2,050 in connection with an incident in February that injured a subcontractor’s employees. The subcontractor, Central Steel, was cited in April for two safety violations related to the incident and fined $2,050. That citation is under appeal. As general contractor of the project, Seattle Tunnel Partners is responsible for ...
05/26/2015Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Mass. Back Online After $70M Upgrade

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The only commercial nuclear power plant in Massachusetts returned to full service on Tuesday after a $70 million, monthlong, refueling and maintenance project that owners say makes the plant safer. Entergy Corp., owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, said control room operators reconnected the plant to the grid after a 35-day planned shutdown. The ...
05/27/2015Construction Worker Injured in Explosion at Tenn. Bridge Project Site

May 27--A construction worker was taken to the hospital after an explosion Tuesday afternoon near Fort Loudoun Dam near Loudon. Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi said the man was working on a bridge project construction site, using a torch, when the explosion occurred just after 3:30 p.m. He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. "I am ...
05/25/2015Gehry-Designed Building Will Test Hong Kong Apartment Market

Hong Kong developers are poised to find out just how much the city’s booming stock market has pushed up demand for luxury housing.Swire Properties is seeking buyers for six apartments at its Frank Gehry-designed building priced as high as HK$520 million ($91.8 million).Wheelock & Co and Nan Fung Group pulled together an international team of architects to create its “ultra-luxury” house and ...
05/26/2015China's Army Plays Down South China Sea Island-Building

BEIJING (AP) — China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region. At the same venue, however, the Defense Ministry issued a report reaffirming China's more assertive approach to national ...
05/25/2015Caltrans Alters Project to Restore Road to Yosemite National Park

May 25--The California Department of Transportation announced a new strategy for phase one of the State Route 140 Ferguson Project. The estimated $133 million project is set to provide a direct route to enter Yosemite National Park and create a 750-foot covered structure on the road between Mariposa and El Portal on Highway 140, which was damaged in a 2006 rock slide. Since Caltrans started ...
05/23/2015Baltimore Tunnel Replacement Projects Driven by Need for Double-stacked Trains

May 23--Nearly 20 years ago, Gov. Parris N. Glendening had lunch with the chief executive of CSX to pitch the railroad chief on investing $40 million to expand the Howard Street Tunnel and another one in Harper's Ferry, W.Va., to make the port of Baltimore more competitive. If CSX Transportation could stack shipping containers two-high atop trains to and from the port, the argument went, it ...
05/25/2015Company Hopes to Remove Ruptured Oil Pipeline on Calif. Coast by Tuesday

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they hope the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California Coast can be removed for investigation by Tuesday. The company on Monday downgraded the amount of oil that may have spilled. The new estimate of the worst-case volume of oil released is 101,000 gallons. That's about 4,200 gallons less than ...
05/22/2015VA Must Find Millions to Finish Troubled Denver Hospital

DENVER (AP) — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. But the really heavy lifting will be done 1,500 miles away in Washington. The U.S. Senate agreed Friday to raise the project's spending cap by $100 million, enough to continue work for three weeks. ...
05/25/2015With New EPA Water Rule, Obama Again Takes Executive Action on Environment

May 25--In April 1989, a Michigan developer named John Rapanos dumped fill on 54 acres of wetlands he owned to make way for a shopping center. He did not have a permit, and when the state told him to stop, he refused. Courts found him in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Prosecutors wanted to send him to prison. Rapanos took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which found ...
05/22/2015MDOT Begins Land Buys in Detroit for New U.S.-Canada Bridge

May 22--The much-delayed process of buying land in southwest Detroit for the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge is finally about to begin in earnest. The Michigan Department of Transportation has begun sending letters to residents of Detroit's Delray district to let them know about three public information sessions set for early June for property owners whose homes have been identified ...
05/25/2015Study Finds Space for Solar Farm at Milwaukee Airport

May 25--A proposed 5-acre solar energy farm at Mitchell International Airport took one step forward this month with a consultant's report showing there are a dozen open spaces large enough for a broad array of sun-tracking panels that would not interfere with aviation or traffic control. The potential for the glare of sunlight reflecting off the panels and flashing toward the control tower is ...
05/24/2015Federal Funding Lags Behind Cost of Rural Water Projects

May 24--Many northeast Montana residents can't hook up an ice maker or dishwasher without ruining the appliance, though it's been 15 years since Congress committed to bringing drinkable water to Dry Prairie. Groundwater might be the hardest thing about life on this windswept landscape. It discolors teeth, clogs coffee pots, kills lawns in some areas, and, unlike the subzero temperatures and ...
05/22/2015Feds Order Company Involved in California Oil Spill to Test Pipe

May 22--Officials at the company that owns the pipe that ruptured and spilled up to 105,000 gallons of heavy crude in Santa Barbara County said Friday they will not appeal a federal order to take corrective steps. The order by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration directs Plains Pipeline to send out the section of pipe that ruptured for metallurgical testing, conduct a ...
05/23/2015Vandals Damage Inflatable Dam in Calif., 49 Million Gallons of Water Lost

May 23--FREMONT -- Enough water to supply 500 homes for one year spilled into the Bay on Thursday after vandals damaged a water district dam in Fremont, officials said. The loss of 49 million gallons of water began sometime Thursday morning, when an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek was destroyed. Alameda County Water District, which maintains the dam, reported it to police at 11:30 a.m. "This ...
05/22/2015Developer Unveils Plans for $100M Luxury Condo Tower in Downtown L.A.

May 22--With downtown Los Angeles facing a condominium shortage, a Chinese developer has unveiled plans for a $100-million luxury high-rise residential tower near Staples Center. The building, proposed to the city Planning Commission on Thursday, would rise 37 stories at the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and 12th Street. The tower would have 126 units, which shouldn't be hard to sell, ...
05/22/2015$782M Rental Car Facility Planned at Chicago's O'Hare Airport

CHICAGO (AP) — O'Hare International Airport in Chicago is bringing all of its scattered rental car facilities together under one roof in a $782 million project. The nine-level facility will also include more than 2,600 public parking spots and will be connected to the terminals by an extension of the airport's rail transit system. It will be located near a station for the Metra commuter line ...
05/23/2015Texas Lawmakers Work on Deal for $3B for College Construction Projects

May 23--Nothing is guaranteed in the Texas Legislature -- except that the clock runs out on the session at midnight on June 1 and thousands of bills will die. But lawmakers scrambling to pass a $3 billion bond package that includes $540 million for higher education facilities in North Texas believe they have enough time and enough support to pass the measure. "It's going to pass," said state ...
05/22/2015Deere Boosts Outlook on Strong Construction Equipment Sales

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Solid sales in its construction equipment offset a global agricultural slowdown for Deere, and the company raised its outlook for the year. Deere's shares rose nearly 4 percent in morning trading Friday. The company's most profitable business is making and selling its green tractors and other farming equipment. But with less demand for large farm equipment, Deere is relying ...
05/22/2015Magnitude-5.4 Earthquake Felt in Las Vegas

May 22--A shallow magnitude 5.4 earthquake was reported Friday morning 24 miles from Caliente, Nev., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake hit more than 100 miles north of Las Vegas, but multiple people reported feeling the ground shake along the city's famed Strip. The temblor occurred at 11:47 a.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles, the USGS said, and quakes of magnitude 3.8 and 3.0 were ...
05/21/2015Pipeline Operator in Calif. Oil Spill Has High Rate of Safety Infractions

May 21--Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records. A Times analysis of data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows Plains' rate of incidents per mile of pipe is more than three times the national ...

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