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05/29/2015Minn. Regulators Give Green Light to $250M Solar Project

May 29--The biggest solar power project in Minnesota won approval Thursday from state regulators. The $250 million Aurora Solar Project by Edina-based Geronimo Energy calls for the installation of ground-mounted solar panels at 21 mostly rural sites from Chisago County north of the Twin Cities to Waseca in southeast Minnesota. Geronimo plans to finish the project in 2016 and sell the power to ...
05/27/2015Feds Order Pipeline Operator to Finish Oil Spill Cleanup in Calif.

GOLETA, California (AP) — Two federal agencies issued an order Wednesday to ensure that Plains All American Pipeline finishes the cleanup of what they call the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard issued the joint Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude on land, at the shoreline and in the ocean, to ...
05/27/2015Opponents of Proposed LNG Terminal Pressure Ore. Gov. to Reject Project

May 27--In the decade-long fight over proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals in Oregon, the state leader who has said the least may now matter most: Gov. Kate Brown. The state's stand on such projects could be a make-or-break proposition for the developers of Oregon LNG in Warrenton and Jordan Cove Energy Project in Coos Bay. Brown is the third governor to deal with the LNG ...
05/27/2015NYC Approves 65-Story Skyscraper Next to Grand Central Terminal

NEW YORK (AP) — City officials cleared the way on Wednesday for construction of a new, 65-story Manhattan skyscraper after the developer made an unusual tradeoff: a promise to make sweeping upgrades to nearby Grand Central Terminal that would allow more rush-hour trains on the subway's busiest lines. New York City Council members unanimously approved a change to zoning law that will allow One ...
05/27/2015AP: New Building Codes Reduce Hurricane Damage Risk in Florida Coastal Construction

MIAMI (AP) — Since eight hurricanes whipped through Florida during back-to-back seasons a decade ago, causing $33 billion in insurance claims, the state's coastal communities have added an additional 1.5 million people and almost a half-million new houses, an Associated Press analysis shows. But experts say the risk of catastrophic destruction hasn't grown along with the new development ...
05/28/2015Team Picked to Build LaGuardia Airport's New Main Terminal

NEW YORK (AP) — The agency that operates New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday selected a team to build a new main terminal. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's board of commissioners voted to select LaGuardia Gateway Partners to replace the airport's aging Terminal B, which dates to 1964. The project includes developer Skanska USA Inc., architecture and engineering company HOK ...
05/27/2015Labor Deal Reached for Site C Hydro Dam Project in British Columbia

VICTORIA — BC Hydro and the province's unionized building trades workers have reached an agreement over the construction of the $9-billion Site C hydroelectric dam. The deal means union members will work alongside non-union workers and with independent and First Nations contractors. Hydro president Jessica McDonald says the agreement allows labour peace at an open site and takes steps to ...
05/27/2015Clean Up Continues in Texas as Death Toll Climbs to 21

WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Deadly severe weather over the long holiday weekend tested government alert and evacuation procedures, as officials scrambled to deal with storms and historic flooding that left more than a dozen people dead and a similar number missing. Crews resumed searching Wednesday for the 11 people who went missing in the small tourist town of Wimberley, where the usually calm ...
05/27/2015Miami Wins Appeal in Lawsuits Over Grove Bay, SkyRise Projects

May 27--The Third District Court of Appeal gave the city of Miami two key victories Wednesday in siding with circuit court judges who tossed lawsuits challenging the SkyRise Miami tower and a major redevelopment project on the Coconut Grove waterfront. Judges Frank Shepherd, Richard Suarez and Thomas Logue said the plaintiffs in the two cases, former Monty's Raw Bar owner Stephen Kneapler, and ...
05/27/2015Contractor Says $110M Duck River Dam in Ark. on Schedule

May 27--Despite some wet weather and an accelerated construction schedule, the contractor behind the current phase of the Duck River dam reports the project should hit its projected completion date for December of this year. John Bowen, with phase two contractor ASI Constructors, offered an update on the construction aspects of the project Tuesday during a Cullman utilities board meeting, and ...
05/27/2015Japan Nuclear Plant Obtains Final Permit Needed to Restart

TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. All of Japan's more than 40 reactors are currently offline for repairs or safety inspections. The two units at the Sendai nuclear power plant are ...
05/26/2015Duke Energy To Build Battery-based Energy Storage System in Ohio

May 26--Duke Energy will build a battery-based energy storage system in Ohio to enhance reliability and increase stability on the electric power grid, company officials announced Tuesday. Duke Energy will build the system in partnership with LG Chem and Greensmith at its retired W.C. Beckjord coal-fired power plant in New Richmond, Ohio. The system is expected to be operational by late 2015. ...
05/27/2015Steel Structure of New Las Vegas Arena Completed

May 27--Many I-15 commuters and Strip wanderers have marveled at the construction pace of MGM and AEG's joint Las Vegas Arena project over the last year. The 20,000-seat venue sandwiched between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo is indeed coming to life quicker than expected, according to Project Manager Monte Thurmond. MGM Resorts held a ceremony this morning to celebrate the completion ...
05/27/2015Worries Ease as Texas Dam Holds Up Despite Heavy Rains

May 27--Montgomery County residents heaved a collective sigh Tuesday when protective measures taken to fortify the Lewis Creek dam -- weakened by persistent rainfall near Lake Conroe -- prevented the dam from failing. Some 407 homes and 32 businesses in a four-square-mile area near Willis were evacuated when inspectors first noticed soil was sloughing off the rain-saturated earthen dam on ...
05/27/2015Flash Floods Inundate Central Texas History

May 27--Nowadays, Central Texans tend to associate deadly natural disasters with holidays. The Halloween floods on Onion Creek in 2013. The Labor Day wildfires, especially in the Bastrop area, in 2011. The devastating Memorial Day floods in 1981. Powerful tornadoes, too, ripped through Jarrell on May 27, 1997, the day after Memorial Day. This vexatious connection is likely to continue after ...
05/26/2015Texas Flooding Overwhelms Popular Region

WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived. All he found was a Chevrolet Suburban slammed against a tree, the engine running. The fate of those who were inside the home was still unclear Tuesday. Recovery teams were to resume looking for as many as a ...
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 ...

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