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08/27/2014Ill. Fracking Rules to Become Public Friday

Aug. 27--Long-anticipated rules that would govern a new fracking industry in Illinois, are expected to become public Friday. Those rules could be approved as early as next month, opening the door to oil and gas drillers to apply for permits to begin drilling the state's shale rock in search of oil reserves. Lawmakers are hoping that an oil boom in the southern part of the state will fatten ...
08/26/2014Proposed $199-M St. Louis Bond Issue Put on Hold

Aug. 26--ST. LOUIS -- A proposed $199.5 million bond issue to fund infrastructure improvements in the city has been put on hold. Officials had hoped to put the real estate tax increase measure in front of voters by this month. Political disagreements pushed the item back to November, and now officials say it won't appear on a ballot until next year. Last month, an aldermanic committee gave ...
08/27/2014500 More Detroit Apartments Under Way

Aug. 27--Nearly 500 more market-rate apartments near Detroit's downtown moved closer to construction today as developers gamble that the area's growth in rental housing will continue. State development officials approved $12 million in Brownfield redevelopment financing today for three projects: the 290-unit Orleans Landing on the near-east riverfront; the 185-unit DuCharme Place in Lafayette ...
08/26/2014BRIEF: NYS Gives Gap Inc. $12M Tax Break to Expand in Dutchess County

Aug. 26--ALBANY -- Gap Inc. is getting $12 million in tax breaks from the state to spend $96 million expanding its distribution center in Fishkill in Dutchess County. The tax breaks will be in exchange for Gap adding 1,200 jobs at the 2.3 million-square-foot distribution center over the next five years. -- Larry Rulison
08/26/2014Mich. Landfill Suspends Receipt of Low-Level Radioactive Waste

Aug. 26--A Van Buren Township hazardous-waste landfill operator, slated to receive up to 36 tons of low-level radioactive waste from a Pennsylvania fracking company, announced Monday that it will suspend receipt of such materials from all oil and gas operations pending a review by the state. EQ, a USEcology company, made its determination as Gov. Rick Snyder announced plans to form a panel of ...
08/24/2014CEO of Detroit-Windsor Bridge Authority Says Procurement on New Span To Begin in 2015

Aug. 24--Michael Cautillo, 59, recently took over as president and CEO of the new Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the Canadian entity that will build a new span between Windsor and Detroit. So far, he's a staff of one, but he'll be building his team soon to ready the massive effort to build the bridge, which barring unforeseen delays will connect the two cities about two miles downstream ...
08/22/2014Bill Would Keep Other States' Fracking Waste Out of Mich.

Aug. 22--A state senator says he wants to prevent Michigan from further becoming other states' dumping ground for low-level radioactive waste from the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking. Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said Thursday that he plans to introduce legislation to stop companies in other states, such as Pennsylvania, from dumping low-level radioactive waste materials in ...
08/22/2014Redevelopment of 36-Story Building in Kansas City a Go

Aug. 22--Redevelopment of the historic Kansas City Power & Light Co. skyscraper has cleared its last major obstacle, clearing the way for renovation to begin in October that will create more than 200 apartments. The Planned Industrial Expansion Authority on Thursday approved a 25 year property-tax incentive package on the improved value of the mostly-vacant 36-story tower at 14th Street and ...
08/22/2014OPINION: Ill. Losing Jobs Because of Fracking Delays

Aug. 22--When the General Assembly started drafting a bill two years ago to allow for fracking, international firm Kimmeridge Energy hired 65 people to work on land acquisition here. Rock formations of New Albany Shale throughout jobs-starved southern Illinois hold the potential for natural gas and oil exploration. A handful of energy companies have been leasing property from landowners and ...
08/25/2014Chicago Dives Into $100M Riverwalk Expansion

Aug. 25--Building land on water isn't an everyday job, and the $100 million project to extend the Chicago Riverwalk requires more than getting toes wet. Just ask Randy Howland, who heads a team of divers in the welding and carpentry trades. The divers are in the water almost every day, largely hidden from public view by a phalanx of river barges carrying equipment and materials to the current ...
08/20/2014Redevelopment of Detroit's Long-Shuttered Packard Plant May Begin Next Month

Aug. 20--The Packard Plant ruins on Detroit's east side could soon be buzzing with construction cranes as the plant's Spanish-born owner launches the opening phase of his ambitious redevelopment project. In an exclusive interview Tuesday, Fernando Palazuelo said he anticipates the arrival within two to four weeks of cleanup crews and aerial cranes to his 40-acre factory site, which is now ...
08/20/2014Mo. Utilities Look to Kan. Wind to Comply With Carbon Proposal

Aug. 20--For some Missouri utilities, compliance with proposed rules intended to curb carbon dioxide emissions may depend on Kansas. Empire District Electric Co., which serves Joplin and other areas in southwest Missouri, and Kansas City Power and Light say Kansas wind turbines could play a big role in meeting emission targets proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Each utility has ...
08/19/2014Ill. Residents Sue Over Prairie State Coal Plant

Aug. 19--Electric customers in Batavia, Ill., are suing promoters of the Prairie State Energy Campus, accusing them of misrepresenting construction and electricity costs in order to persuade the small Chicago exurb to participate in the plan to build the troubled coal plant. Nine Batavia residents are seeking class action status in their lawsuit, which was filed Monday in Kane County Circuit ...
08/19/2014Mich. Landfill Taking Other States' Radioactive Fracking Waste

Aug. 19--As other states ban landfills from accepting low-level radioactive waste, up to 36 tons of the sludge already rejected by two other states was slated to arrive in Michigan late last week. Wayne Disposal landfill located between Willow Run Airport and I-94 near Belleville is one of the few landfills in the eastern and Midwestern U.S. licensed to accept the radioactive waste, which has ...
08/19/2014Ill. Coal Plant Owners Say They've Done Their Part

Aug. 19--Owners of coal- and natural gas-fired power plants in Illinois told regulators Monday that they should look to other generators to reduce the state's carbon footprint. "A more cost-effective approach for Illinois is likely to include the voluntary (switch to natural gas) of inefficient coal plants, augmented by the competitive development of renewable energy, energy efficiency and ...
08/19/2014St. Louis Utility: 1,200MW of Natural Gas Needed to Comply With Emissions Rules

Aug. 19--JEFFERSON CITY -- Ameren Missouri says it will need to add 1,200 megawatts of combined cycle natural gas generation by 2020 in order to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions linked to climate change. The massive addition to the St. Louis utility's power generation portfolio, at a cost estimated by a utility spokesman at about $2 ...
08/18/2014Roadblocks Remain for New International Span Linking Detroit to Windsor, Canada

Aug. 18--With a new CEO on board and plans to hire staffers moving ahead, the New International Trade Crossing bridge project enjoys what seems to be a clear road toward opening to traffic around 2020. But in big infrastructure projects like this, no road is ever as smooth as its backers hope. After years of debates and delays, there are still a few more roadblocks for bridge builders to ...
08/15/2014Exelon, Politics and Ill.'s Low-Carbon Future

Aug. 15--As a series of policy meetings kicks off Monday in Chicago to begin hashing out a plan to cut carbon emissions in Illinois, Chicago-based Exelon is busy pulling political strings to ensure it is rewarded financially for its nuclear power plants, which produce electricity without emitting carbon. Exelon, the country's largest owner of nuclear power plants, has been meeting with the ...
08/15/2014National Park Service Awards First Arch Grounds Renovation Contract

Aug. 15--ST. LOUIS -- The National Park Service has awarded a $13.5 million contract to two local firms to renovate the first section of the Gateway Arch grounds, project officials announced Friday. A joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies and Castle Contracting won the contract for renovations of the southern 26 acres of the Arch grounds. It is the first project of the $380 million ...
08/15/2014Ford, DTE to Build Giant Solar Carport in Dearborn, Mich.

Aug. 15--Ford and DTE Energy are joining forces to create a huge solar carport complete with charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. DTE Energy is funding the project that will provide 360 covered parking spaces with solar panels and offer 30 charging stations at Ford's world headquarters in Dearborn. The solar canopy will have the capacity to generate 1.038 megawatts of electricity ...
08/14/2014Kansas City Council Approves $4.4B Cerner Office Plan

Aug. 14--The Kansas City Council on Thursday approved city subsidies for Cerner Corp.'s proposed Three Trails expansion in south Kansas City. The incentives passed 9-1 with Russ Johnson voting no. A rezoning required for the project was unanimously approved. The incentives for the sprawling office campus, slated for the former Bannister Mall and Benjamin Plaza sites, had been endorsed ...
08/09/2014Mo. Utility Interested in Nuclear, Despite Ascendance of Natural Gas

Aug. 09--Past the razor wire and security checkpoints that guard Missouri's first and only nuclear power plant, there's an empty gravel lot where a second reactor was to have been built. Union Electric -- the utility now known as Ameren Missouri -- envisioned an $839 million, two-reactor facility when it began work in Callaway County in the 1970s. Rising costs and more conservative electricity ...
08/08/2014Power Plant Proposal Generates Ill Will in Suburban Chicago

Aug. 08--The village of Oakwood Hills hides on the edges of suburbia, away from major roads and huddled around tiny Silver Lake, an enclave of about 2,000 people. There are no sidewalks, stores, churches or factories -- just houses, some of them vacation cottages from the 1950s and '60s. The village hall is surrounded by cornfields. The local motto is "where the waters run clear and the air is ...
08/10/2014Chicago Agency Narrows Field for $2.3B Rail Route

Aug. 10--The route of the planned CTA Red Line extension on the Far South Side will run either immediately east or west of a freight railroad right of way, a decision that narrows five alternatives for the estimated $2.3 billion project down to two "desirable options," transit agency officials told the Tribune. Using the Union Pacific Railroad right of way in some fashion from 99th to about ...
08/12/2014High Bids Stall Preservation of 113-Year-Old Minnesota Bridge

Aug. 12--MANKATO -- The long journey by Blue Earth County, residents of Amboy, historical preservation groups and state transportation officials to preserve the 113-year-old Dodd Ford Bridge appeared to be nearing its completion until Tuesday, when high construction bids threw a last-minute roadblock in front of the project. "Anything good takes a little longer to get done," said County ...

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