Shell Chemicals is building a $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Pennsylvania, and the project is utilizing drones and other high-tech construction equipment. Shell executive Hilary Mercer says the technology helps improve safety for construction workers and the community.
Construction has started on a $6.8 billion expansion at the Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia, and plans call for one of the largest geothermal heating and cooling systems in the country. The work also includes new parking, terminal renovations and upgrades to the car rental facility.
The Environmental Protection Agency is switching oversight of coal waste to the states, a policy change intended to give states more flexibility when regulating utilities. Oklahoma became the first state to use the authority, but environmental groups expressed opposition to the move, saying coal waste emits toxins into groundwater.
A state grant may be available for a breakwater erosion control project in Port Neches, Texas. The riverfront project, recently approved by the Army Corps of Engineers, calls for storm shutters and windows, new generators and an armory roof that can withstand 150 mph winds; it may cost between $725,000 and $850,000.
The Mid-Reach portion of Florida's Brevard County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project will be first to be built using a new $35 million federal grant. That segment will account for $28.4 million worth of beach protection and restoration work, with an additional $7 million to repair damage from Hurricane Irma.
Virginia Beach will get about half of the $56 million in new federal funding for water infrastructure upgrades in communities in Hampton Roads and Richmond and on the state's Eastern Shore. The funding includes $10 million to restore wetlands and fish habitat, curb pollution and improve flood control in the Lynnhaven River Basin.
Fifty-two acres of wetlands along Oregon's Walluski River would be targeted for restoration under a new provision in the federal Water Resources Development Act if passed by the Senate, as expected. The wetland restoration provision would also deauthorize parts of the Clatsop County Diking District No. 13 levee system, where erosion has been found to compromise dike conditions.
Green roofs are generally understood to be helpful in controlling stormwater runoff, but the roofs' substrates can differ. A UK study of six system configurations revealed few performance differences while finding that older substrates tend to have greater water-holding capacity and better ability to detain runoff.
The Indonesia Toll Road Authority is raising rates on the Jakarta Outer Ring Road starting Wednesday. Deputy Gov. Sandiaga Uno said electronic road pricing and increased parking fees also are planned.