The EPA says local officials are working to cut emissions from construction vehicles that will be used on the reconstruction by using low-sulphur fuel and retrofit technology. The agency hopes the project will serve as a model for other projects nationwide.
Researchers looked at vulnerabilities of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems to a terrorist attack. The agency also worked on prevention and control plans for building owners, facilities managers and engineers.
A Standard & Poor's report indicates the power industry will need to refinanace billions in debt in the near future, which will have an impact on new generation and transmission projects. Another analyst says the hardest-hit companies are firms with regulated utilities and competitive supply groups.
Theft of heavy equipment is a nationwide problem, an expert says. Art Prado, executive director of Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania, says contractors in his area work with the FBI to record stolen items.
A recent report finds that as the U.S. population grew by 17% from 1982 to 1997, developed land increased by 47%. The author argues that states need better long-term planning to maintain sufficient farmland and minimize suburban sprawl.