The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change has approved three bills, one of which would give money to communities to replace lead service lines. The other bills would establish a national standard for the toxic presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water and would provide assistance for low-income households paying water and wastewater bills.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed a $5.4 billion law to address all modes of transportation during the next 10 years. Provisions include more electric-vehicle charging stations, mass transit, and roads and bridges, as well as reduced air pollution.
The latest construction at California's Port of Long Beach is a $1.5 billion rebuild of the Long Beach Container Terminal, due for completion this year after a decade of work. The port plans to spend $1.6 billion on infrastructure during the next decade, with the biggest focus on increased rail service to reduce truck transport.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had expected to begin construction this month on a $2.1 billion AirTrain at New York City's LaGuardia Airport, but the Federal Aviation Administration has delayed the project to allow for a longer environmental review. Some opponents have suggested the review process could be more objective.
The South Dakota Railroad Board plans to seek a $22 million federal grant to help rebuild a route between Fort Pierre and Rapid City. The $84 million project would replace 89 miles of track to accommodate heavier and faster trains.
The Edgemont Ranch Metropolitan District near Durango, Colo., is installing a $7.5 million high-altitude wastewater system conceived in Austria. The biological combined system incorporates a blower station to extend the existing system's biological reaction zone, letting bacteria break down waste more efficiently.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will let PacifiCorp, the utility that runs four hydroelectric dams in the Klamath River near the California-Oregon border, transfer its hydroelectric license to the two states and a nonprofit. The physical surrender of the license still needs approval, but FERC's decision advances an effort to raze the dams and protect migratory salmon.
Column cracks, rainwater leaks, substandard beams and skewed braces were among problems found along about one-third of Mexico City's elevated 7.5-mile Number 12 subway line during visual inspections by the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico. The report comes after a section of the line collapsed last month, killing 26 people. The collapsed section was not part of the visual inspection.
SmartTake: This is a parallel invesigation to the one we shared yesterday from DNV, which noted structural failure as the cause of the collapse is only a hypothesis right now. One thing worth noting though is that the College of Engineers has recommended studying samples of concrete or the welding of the steel, a point also raised by DNV.
Florida has joined 25 other states granting freedom from liability for engineers, architects and structural specialists joining volunteer efforts in response to natural disasters. Collapsed structures after a disaster pose hazards that require specialist assessment to keep first responders safe, and the bill is designed to encourage this cooperation without the worry of possible lawsuits.
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