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08/20/2014Hudson Yards Developers Give Update on Project

Aug. 20--The West Side's transformation is on track and reaching new heights. The developers of the Hudson Yards project gave the media a tour of the 26-acre site Wednesday and showed the progress of its first phase. Michael Samuelian, the vice president of Related Companies, said the mixed-used development is important for the neighborhood because it will be a perfect blend of commercial, ...
08/20/2014Ga. Regulators Approve Latest Plant Vogtle Spending Increase

Aug. 20--The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an additional $389 million in expenditures for Georgia Power's two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle while at the same time declining a request to require new water conservation measures at the plant. The expenditure approval, which covered all of 2013, brings the total construction cost verified ...
08/20/2014Energy Secretary Pushes for Nuclear Power

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz championed the use of nuclear power and urged politicians and leaders in the energy industry to adapt and modernize energy production to help minimize the fallout from global warming. Moniz stopped to speak in Idaho Falls on Wednesday at the inaugural Intermountain Energy Summit as part of his weeklong tour throughout the West. ...
08/20/2014Editorial: High Bids on Honolulu Rail Project Force Reappraisal

Aug. 20--This wasn't just sticker shock. Three bids were opened last week for a large contract to build nine of the 20 stations being planned as part of the city's elevated rail project, and even the lowest bid -- $294.5 million, from Nan Inc. -- came in 60 percent higher than anticipated. This raises alarm bells, not merely that costs are rising in an accelerating construction market but real ...
08/20/2014Calif. Drought Results in Pollution Increase From Folsom Dam Spillway Construction

Aug. 20--Low water levels at Folsom Lake are causing an increase in air pollution from the $900 million Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project. The lake is filled to just 40 percent of capacity, which has allowed construction to proceed without the use of marine excavation equipment this year. The land equipment used instead has emitted more nitrogen oxide, said Katie Huff, spokesman for the ...
08/21/2014Balfour Beatty Rejects Latest Carillion Merger Offer

Construction firm Balfour Beatty has spurned a third offer to merge with Carillion, after its smaller rival upped the ante with an improved bid valuing the combined company at £2.1bn.As the clock ticked down to the takeover deadline of 5pm Thursday that will force Carillion to abandon its suit, Balfour Beatty announced it had rejected Carillion's latest proposal.The board "has unanimously ...
08/15/2014Va. Governor Establishes Task Force on Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 15 -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., issued the following news release: Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed Executive Order 24 establishing an interagency task force on worker misclassification and payroll fraud. "Every Virginian who works hard and follows the rules should get the pay and benefits that they deserve," said Governor McAuliffe "This executive order will begin a ...
08/19/2014Analysis: Texas Construction Fatality Rate Tops All States

Texas construction workers are 12 percent more likely to be killed than those doing the same job elsewhere in the U.S. An analysis of workplace data from 2003 through 2012 found that the state’s specialty construction trades have especially high rates of fatal accidents. In all, Texas had 4,593 occupational deaths over the decade. Taking into account the makeup of the state’s work force, that ...
08/18/2014Huge PPL Transmission Line Project Faces Opposition

PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of the biggest new electric transmission line proposals in decades is turning into a debate over fracking, renewable energy and the future of an aging energy grid. The $4 billion to $6 billion PPL Corp. project is designed to take electricity generated near Pennsylvania's booming shale gas region and deliver it to New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. That's prompting ...
08/18/2014$152M Rail Extension to Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport Opens Ahead of Schedule

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Light rail service at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport began Monday with the first train officially arriving to link travelers to downtown Dallas. Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Orange Line extension, the final nearly 5-mile stretch to reach the airport, opened four months ahead of schedule at the DFW Airport Station. The first train arrived shortly before 4 a.m. ...
08/19/2014Costa Rica To Ink $550M Loan With Japan for Three Geothermal Power Projects

A delegation led by Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís will meet with representatives of the Japanese government on August 18, 2014 to finance the construction of three geothermal power projects in Costa Rica. The three geothermal projects, Pailas II and Borinquen I and II, are estimated to generate 55MW each. Meanwhile, the projects will be developed by Instituto Costarricense de ...
08/19/2014Oregon Nixes Permit for Coal Export Project After Public Outcry

Aug. 19--YAKIMA, Wash. -- In a move that had been urged by the Yakama Nation and other critics, Oregon on Monday denied a key permit needed for construction of a proposed coal export project on the Columbia River. The permit would've allowed Australia-based Ambre Energy to construct a rail-to-barge facility on the Columbia River near Boardman, Ore., creating a vital link that could send nearly ...
08/19/2014U.S. Home Construction Jumps 15.7% in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines. Construction increased 15.7 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million homes, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That was the fastest pace since November and followed declines ...
08/19/2014Proposed Wis. Transmission Line Project Could Cost Up to $580M

Aug. 19--A proposed high-voltage power line linking Madison and La Crosse would cost up to $580 million, of which about $87 million would be paid for by Wisconsin utility customers. The cost breakdown was included in an environmental assessment released Tuesday that kicks off a public comment period through early October. Critics of the project, including lawmakers from western Wisconsin, ...
08/18/2014New Concentrated-Solar Powerplants Scorch Birds in Mid-Air

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one ...
08/18/2014Mexico To Put $4.9B in Power Projects Out to Bid in Energy Sector Privatization

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says it expects to put out for bid $4.9 billion in electrical generation and natural gas pipeline projects as part of the opening of the nation's state-run energy sector. The Federal Electricity Commission wants to build several power plants, but didn't set a date for the opening of bidding. Commission director Enrique Ochoa said Monday the bidding will be open to ...
08/15/2014N.J. Gov. Christie Has No Regrets About Killing Hudson River Rail Tunnel Project

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says he has no regrets about canceling a rail tunnel project that would have increased commuter capacity between New Jersey and Manhattan. Christie spent more than six hours last week exchanging Twitter messages with delayed New Jersey Transit riders, some of whom blamed his 2010 cancellation of the project — known as Access to the Region's Core, or ...
08/18/2014Roadblocks Remain for New International Span Linking Detroit to Windsor, Canada

Aug. 18--With a new CEO on board and plans to hire staffers moving ahead, the New International Trade Crossing bridge project enjoys what seems to be a clear road toward opening to traffic around 2020. But in big infrastructure projects like this, no road is ever as smooth as its backers hope. After years of debates and delays, there are still a few more roadblocks for bridge builders to ...
08/18/2014City Considers New Strategy for Troubled Port of Anchorage Project

Aug. 18--The city is moving forward with another attempt to revamp the Port of Anchorage, this time downsizing the scope of the project and abandoning flawed construction to the north. More than 50 individuals tied to the beleaguered port construction project will meet in Anchorage on Monday for a weeklong "charrette," or planning session, that city officials say will result in the selection ...
08/18/2014PG&E Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in San Bruno Gas Blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood. Steve Bauer, an attorney for the company, entered the plea in court on Monday to all 28 counts in the indictment, including obstruction of justice. The ...
08/13/2014DOE Plan Gives MOX Update, Outlines SRS Funding Woes

Aug. 13--A Savannah River Site 10-year plan states that no direction has been given to begin a cold stand-by for the Site's Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, or MOX; however, a federal agency reported earlier this year that it is working with the MOX contractor to commence a cold stand-by at the top of the fiscal year. The Department of Energy outlined several concerns, changes and ...
08/16/2014Delays for South Carolina Nuclear Plant Project Pressure Industry

ATLANTA (AP) — Expensive delays are piling up for the companies building new nuclear power plants, raising fresh questions about whether they can control the construction costs that crippled the industry years ago. The latest announcement came this week from executives at SCANA Corp., which has been warned by its builders the startup of the first of two new reactors in South Carolina could be ...
08/14/2014Fla. Gov Speeds Up Spending on I-295 in Jacksonville, Other Road Projects

Aug. 14--Florida transportation officials are speeding up spending to widen Interstate 295 in Jacksonville and five other highways around the state as part of an $806 million construction push Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday. "These projects will enhance our infrastructure to support commerce, decrease commute times and make our roads safer for families," Scott said in a written statement. ...
08/14/2014Construction Work Wraps Up on Major Angolan Railway Project

Chinese and Angolan workers lay the roadbed on the Benguela railway. China Railway Construction Co announced on Wednesday that it has completed construction of the railway project in Angola and plans to put it into operation this year. [Photo/China Daily] By the numbers capacity: The railway will be able to transport 20 million metric tons of cargo and 4 million passengers annually. ...
08/14/2014Arcadis Awarded Contract to Manage Construction of Calif. High-Speed Rail Section

Aug. 14--ARCADIS U.S., the American division of a Netherlands-based construction firm, has been hired to oversee construction of a 65-mile stretch of high-speed rail line south of Fresno. The California High-Speed Rail Authority board this week awarded a contract worth up to $71.9 million to ARCADIS, which has its U.S. offices in Colorado, for project and construction management of its ...

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