N.C. moving slowly to approve permits for $5.5B pipeline | Barrasso: Trump infrastructure proposal expected in coming weeks | $2.2B tunnel in Seattle expected to open this fall
January 12, 2018
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N.C. moving slowly to approve permits for $5.5B pipeline
Regulators in North Carolina have delayed decisions on several environmental permits for Dominion Resources' 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The $5.5 billion pipeline needs only a few more regulatory approvals in Virginia and West Virginia.
Southeast Energy News (1/11) 
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Infrastructure Watch
Barrasso: Trump infrastructure proposal expected in coming weeks
An infrastructure proposal from President Donald Trump is expected to emerge sometime around the Jan. 30 State of the Union address, said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. One area of uncertainty is how much of the proposed spending should be federally funded, said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.
The Hill (1/9),  Bloomberg BNA (subscription required) (1/11) 
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$2.2B tunnel in Seattle expected to open this fall
The two-deck, $2.2 billion Highway 99 tunnel, also known as the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, is expected to open this fall, but tolling rates have yet to be set. The project is three years behind schedule and has experienced cost overruns, but the closer the tunnel gets to completion, the lower the chances of additional overruns.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (1/11) 
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EPA seeks to have open debate on climate change
EPA seeks to have open debate on climate change
Pruitt (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to have an open discussion about the causes of climate change while it seeks to reduce or eliminate Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions and regulating the waters of the United States, according to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Pruitt is hopeful Congress would pass infrastructure legislation to help replace aging drinking-water pipes.
Reuters (1/11) 
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Triple Five Group continues American Dream build
Triple Five Group is building a 3 million-square-foot retail and entertainment complex in New Jersey called American Dream and isn't swayed by the move to e-commerce. The property will include an indoor ski hill, a Dreamworks-branded water park, Legal Discovery Center and more than 400 retailers.
CBC News (Canada) (1/10) 
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Trends & Technology
AT&T will track traffic, infrastructure with smart city tech
AT&T has detailed its smart cities monitoring program, saying sensors on its network will track the structural soundness of roads, bridges and railways as well as help manage traffic flow and direct drivers to open parking spots. The telecom also updated its vision of how the internet of things will interact with its FirstNet emergency services network.
CNET (1/9) 
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Sustainable Development
Toronto breaks ground on $1B flood control project
A $1 billion flood protection project broke ground Thursday in Toronto. Mayor John Tory said waterfront development is essential and that the high cost will be outweighed by new jobs and an expanded economy.
Toronto Sun (1/11) 
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Advancing the Profession
It's time to make conversation a critical skill
With so much conversation today taking place on devices, the art of a productive in-person conversation is even more important, writes Shubha Apte. Organizations should add conversational competence to their required skill list, understanding it involves listening with the intent to understand, she writes.
Lead Change (1/8) 
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ASCE News Daily
Meet the 2 nominees seeking ASCE members' votes for 2019 president-elect
Meet the 2 nominees seeking ASCE members' votes for 2019 president-elect
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Two active, longtime Society members will appear on the ballot in May for 2019 ASCE president-elect. Nominated are Louis C. Aurigemma, P.E., F.ASCE, of Florida, and Kancheepuram N. Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, of Utah. The winner advances to 2020 president. Each shares his aspirations if elected with ASCE News. Meet the nominees.
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