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.
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.
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.
The mega merger faces few obstacles from regulators, both federal and local. Consumer advocate groups continue to squawk, but supporters point out that competition would not be compromised, as most consumers are now served by one cable company.