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NASA space shuttle building dismantled
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Oct. 15, 2010 issue: As if to put an exclamation point on the government's decision to halt the U.S. space shuttle program, the demolition of a prominent structure associated with that program is underway at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). When operational, the building, known as the Vertical Processing Facility (VPF) was used to assemble full payload packages destined for space. At nearly 13 stories high and better than 10,000 square feet in area, the VPF is not your run-of-the-mill structure and demanded a special approach to bringing it down. More

Nuclear plant finds novel way to decommission
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Nov. 24, 2010 issue: Twelve years ago, Commonwealth Edison found itself in a bind. The Zion Station, Zion, Ill., its twin-unit nuclear reactor, was no longer profitable. But the company could not afford to tear it down: the cost of dismantling the vast steel and concrete building, with multiple areas of radioactive contamination, would exceed $1 billion, double what it had cost to build the reactors in the 1970s. Nor could Commonwealth Edison walk away from the plant, because of the contamination. More

New Jersey Gov. Christie cancels largest infrastructure project in the US
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Oct. 29, 2010 issue: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially canceled the largest infrastructure project in the U.S. Proponents of the tunnel say the Republican New Jersey governor's decision will cost 6,000 construction jobs and 45,000 more jobs once completed. Plus, New Jersey has already spent about $600 million on the project and federal money already allocated may have to be repaid. More

History-making effort to restore Elwha River in Washington takes big step forward
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Sept. 3, 2010 issue: A history-making and much debated project to restore the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington has taken a big step forward. A contract has been awarded to remove the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in an ambitious, and expensive, effort to reverse decades of environmental damage to an important river system. A major milestone in that process was reached when a $26.9 million contract was awarded for demolition of both dams. More

OSHA cracking down on companies not reporting accidents
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Oct. 22, 2010 issue: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an initiative to crack down on employers that fail to disclose many on-the-job injuries in 2009. The agency moved ahead on the initiative, proposing more than $1.2 million in fines in a case against Houston-based Goodman Manufacturing. Officials say Goodman did not properly report 72 percent of its employee injuries and illnesses over more than two years. More

Freedom Tower being built at Ground Zero
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Sept. 17, 2010 issue: Ground Zero was still smoldering when plans were hatched to rebuild where the twin towers once stood - and show Osama Bin Laden the nation was not broken. By 2004, the rubble was cleared and construction workers descended down the ramp that rescue workers once used to bring up the living and the dead. More

OSHA reveals top violations for 2010
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Oct. 15, 2010 issue: OSHA revealed its top 10 most frequently violated standards for 2010 at the National Safety Council Congress in San Diego. It was no surprise that violations of the construction scaffolding standard led the list as it has the last few years with more than 8,000 violations, followed by more than 7,000 violations of the construction fall protection standard. More

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Win more work against low price competition
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Oct. 22, 2010 issue: Can customers really tell the difference between your company's bid proposal and your competitors? If all else is equal, the only differentiating factor between your company and the competition is price. What do you do to stand out from the crowd and set your company apart? More

US Navy seeks new ship breaking techniques
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Nov. 5, 2010 issue: The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Services Center (NFESC) and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) are looking for established new technologies that would help reduce emissions to the environment during ship breaking/demolition activities. Of particular interest is the reduction of metal cutting emissions and occupational exposures in naval shipyards and other locations. More

Thinking big: Recycling landfills
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Oct. 8, 2010 issue: If recycling is thinking "green", then the practice of recycling land is taking "green" to the Incredible Hulk proportions. A recent project highlights the virtues and vexations of turning a landfill into a public park. Construction is underway on turning a large landfill, Fresh Kills Landfill, in Staten Island, N.Y., into what is to be known as Freshkills Park, covering 2,200 acres, nearly three times the size of Central Park. More
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