St. David's HealthCare Partnership has announced plans to invest nearly $100 million in future hospital construction and remodeling. Half of that investment is to go to the revamping of South Austin Hospital, which is to increase its size by 30%.
Citing higher steel tariffs in the U.S., the European Union adopted a 26% tariff on steel yesterday. EU officials said they were acting to protect the local steel industry from a flood of cheap imports by firms hit by the U.S. protective measures. The U.S. exports an average of $1 billion in steel products to Europe each year.
Shell is planning to build a $500-million liquid natural gas facility, a regasification system and a pipeline in Baja California, the company says. It is the fourth such proposal for the area, with plans by El Paso, Marathon Oil and Sempra Energy already being considered. The area reportedly is popular because of its proximity to Southern California and natural-gas-fed power plants in Baja.
OSHA has announced plans to conduct 36,400 workplace inspections in the fiscal year 2002, up from 35,800 in 2001. The agency reportedly is to focus on sites with high injury and illness rates, as well as sites where non-English speakers are at high risk, including construction.